Helping Hands Food Pantry
The mission of St. Jude Helping Hands and Food Pantry is to follow God’s command to serve the needs of the poor. We have almost 60 members dedicated to making the life of the working poor a little bit better. We accomplish our mission in several different ways.
Our food pantry is our primary endeavor. Almost 300 households come to our food pantry every month seeking help to stretch their food budget to feed their families. Over 1,000 individuals live in those households. We feed over 6 city blocks every month! Our clients are people of all ages whether they are young or elderly, on social security, have been laid off , or have lost their job due to economic conditions, or face other circumstances. St. Jude Church and School are very supportive of our efforts. On the first and third Sunday of every month, parishioners bring canned goods and other food items to mass with them and drop them off in the white barrels in the Gathering Area. Our school also supports us with a monthly food collection. The sports teams donate canned goods, the Girl Scouts donate cookies, and Market Day donates pies and more. We are thankful and very much appreciate the support.
Helping Hands other projects include a program for “back to school” supplies, a Thanksgiving Basket program mostly for parishioners, blanket Sunday, selected Christmas projects, and more. We respond to the calls the church receives from people asking for help with utility disconnections and rent evictions. In short, we give aid whenever and wherever we can.
In order to help accomplish our mission, we have fundraisers. Two of our popular fundraisers are bake sales and card parties. We receive donations from the poor boxes, and gratefully accept monetary donations.
We are members of Second Harvest Food Band and have received grants form Wal-Mart, Lorain County Community Action Agency, The Jake Nolan Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank and more.