True as that is, people still need food. Many in Maine do not get enough, or enough of the right foods.
A faithful group of ministers works to support local food pantries in Falmouth/Cumberland, Yarmouth/Freeport, and Gray, as well as the St. Vincent de Paul program which provides both food and clothing to the needy at the Cathedral.
This is the time of the year that we ask you for extra help for the families using the pantries. We continue to request the food and essentials but for a few weeks add school supplies to your shopping list. Many of the families have three to five children of school age. We have already requested backpacks and now are needing the school room necessities--pencils, pads of paper and crayons as these are now the student’s responsibility.
A special note for Sacred Heart parishioners and their support of the pantry. Your donations are important especially during the summer vacation months when children are at home. The pantry is receiving fresh vegetables from local gardens and these are distributed from the pantry site at First Parish Church on Main Street in Yarmouth. Your donations can be left at First Parish or brought to Sacred Heart Church. In early August, the pantry listed items which it currently needs: Meal Helpers, canned meat, spaghetti sauce, mac-n- cheese. Also -- always consider paper towels, toilet tissue, facial tissue, hygiene products, personal care items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste. Top of the list -- toothbrushes!
ST. VINCENT de PAUL CLOTHING PROGRAM: Your generous support of this very vital local program continues and we THANK YOU for the hundreds of people you have clothed. The donations go from the Narthex to be sorted by gender and size then delivered to ST. VINCENT for their FREE distribution after serving FREE lunch to an average of 215 people per day five days a week! The clothing is displayed as in a department store!