God's Food Pantry serves many
Twice a month, about 450 to550people come to God's Food Pantry, where volunteers provide a free box of food to anyone in need. There is no proof of need required.
The pantry, a ministry of Holy Savior Catholic Church, provides food boxes on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the St. Peter Claver Campus, 1209 N. Indiana.
Help Pantry through Dillon's Plus Card
Holy Savior Catholic Church-God's Food Pantry has been enrolled in Dillons' Community Rewards Program. You can help the Pantry simply by using your Dillons Plus Card. It costs nothing extra to participate and does not take away from any of the other benefits you currently receive such as Fuel Points.
If you do not have a Dillons Plus Card, you may obtain one at your nearest Dillons store.
In addition to a Dillons Plus Card you must have a valid email address and an online account on Dillons' website, both of which can be anonymous.
To create an online account (if you don't already have one):
Visit www.dillons.com and click on "Register". You will be required to enter an email address, password, zip code and preferred store. Click "Create Account".
Next you will be asked to enter your 12 digit Plus Shoppers card number found on the back or 10 digit phone number (Alt ID) you use when shopping; enter your last name and click "Save".
To enroll your Plus Card in Community Rewards:
From Dillons' home page, click on "Community" at the top of the page and then select "Community Rewards". Sign in using your new or existing online account. Click on "Enroll Now". Enter Holy Savior Catholic Church-God's Food Pantry or the organization number 49929 and click "Enroll" to save.
Then shop as normal, swiping your Plus card and knowing how very much you are appreciated.
** You will need to re-enroll every January
About God's Food Pantry
God's Food Pantry was begun by the Sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in 1984 out of their convent on 13th street at the Holy Savior Church campus. It was later administered by two Sisters of St. Joseph. When they left the parish, the responsibilty was assumed by a dedicated staff of parishioners. The Pantry moved to it's current location in the St. Peter Claver complex at 1209 N. Indiana in 1999.
Not much has changed since those early days except the increased number of people seeking assistance. Food is distributed to between 450 and 550 families twice a month. The client demographics are across all ethnic groups and geographic areas of Wichita. Of the persons served, 23% are seniors and 26% are children. The Pantry is a "open-door" agency which means that there is no need verification process - anybody who comes will be served. There is a minimal registration process and all clients receive the same amount of food regardless of household size. It is very moving to see people standing in line in all types of weather, often with children in tow, for a simple bag of groceries.
The Pantry is staffed entirely by volunteers from several parishes. It is funded by private donations which are used to acquire food from the Kansas Food Bank and, when necessary, local retail markets. Several parishes have ongoing food drives which are an essential ingredient in keeping the shelves stocked.
This is a wonderful ministry!
How You Can Help
You can help God's Food Pantry in several ways:
1) Donate food directly to God's Food Pantry; examples of food items are:
Cereal or pop-tarts
1 lb pkg of rice, beans or pasta (any bulk items such as 50 pounds of rice are taken to the Lord's Diner)
Boxed macaroni and cheese
2) Organize a one-time or on-going food drive at your parish, school, work or organization
3) Make a tax-deductible monetary donation to God's Food Pantry and send to 1209 N. Indiana Street, Wichita, KS 67214 or Holy Savior Parish.
This is a year-round ministry that depends on year-round support.
Thank you and God Bless you!