Spring 2010: eat, share, give
It’s hard to see the increasing number of families who come to The Food Pantry looking for help. Many are often newly unemployed, or facing cutbacks at their jobs. Others are struggling to stay in their houses or rental apartments, and some families have lost their homes. We continue to help our neighbors start new food pantries around the Bay Area, but the bottom line is that the need keeps growing.
As of this spring, we have registered 1200 people, assigning them alternate weeks to come to The Food Pantry at St. Gregory’s. This means that each individual can only get groceries every other week, and, for the first time in nine years, that we can’t always offer food to every person who shows up.
If we are to serve new people, The Food Pantry must raise more money to buy food. Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, who donate their time to staff the pantry and run our operations, food is our main expense. And we’re incredibly efficient: it still only costs us, on average, just $1 to provide groceries for one family for a week— $50 will help feed a family for a year.
The Food Pantry isn’t supported by the church or by government agencies, but is funded by donations from people like you. We are so proud of the way that our community has responded in these hard times. We’re grateful for all the gifts and regular pledges that allow us to help 1200 hungry families––and the way so many people, volunteers and donors, pitch in to make sure their neighbors have enough to eat.
All donations are tax-deductible. Please mail us your gift, or donate online:. Thank you for being part of this work.