THE FAMILY FOOD PANTRY
The Family Food Pantry, Damien’s Place of Wareham, serves the Greater Wareham/New Bedford community. Their Mission Statement is as follows:
“Our mission is to help end hunger in the greater Wareham/New Bedford area by giving food to the people in need, promoting education and hunger awareness in the community, and providing information to our clients regarding other community resources. We welcome people of every age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, or any status, including the homeless, without discrimination. We collaborate with other organizations that share the mission to alleviate hunger in the area.”
Our church members and the Mission and Outreach Committee have supported this wonderful organization over many years. We regularly collect food and other items to donate to Damien’s, and the Mission Committee votes funds to support them.
Bins are located in the narthex and outside the Community Center office, where members and friends can drop off items for Damien’s. Missions has not focused on the needs of Damien’s and their patrons for a while, and the bins have been empty. But we hope with this reminder, we can again fill the bins and help fill their needs.
It is our church’s tradition to do a canned and pet food drive for Damien’s each Thanksgiving. The need is great, so let’s get a head start on this now and work to fill and refill the bins throughout September, October, and November!
Currently, Damien’s needs the following:
Canned pasta, dry pasta and pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese
Low sodium soups, canned fruit, canned vegetables
Canned tuna in water, canned chicken
Instant potatoes, baked beans, white and brown rice
Hot & cold cereals, pancake mix and pancake syrup, juices
Peanut butter and jelly,
Baby food, diapers (baby, child, and adult), wipes
Pet food for dogs and cats
Toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, & shampoo for the many homeless who visit the pantry
When you are grocery shopping, we ask you to please keep the needs of Damien’s in mind. It would be great if you could bring this list with you and pick up a few things on the list. Please place your items in the bin in the narthex or the bin outside the Community Center office. Let’s see how many times we can fill and refill these bins! Thank you so much for your help.
Susan Smith for Mission and Outreach Committee:David Albert, Karen Correia, Jeanne Lake, George Linzee, Susan Smith (Chair) and Rev. Richard Woodward.