Helping Hands Food Pantry

The mission of St. Jude Helping Hands & 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 largest endeavor. Over 250 households come to our food pantry every month seeking food to feed their families. Over 1,000 individuals live in those households. We feed over 6 city blocks every month! We have a lot of elderly and disabled people looking for ways to supplement their social security because social security is not enough to meet their monthly expenses. On the first and third Sunday of every month we take up a food collection after all the masses. Parishioners bring canned goods and other items to mass with them and drop them off in the white barrels in the Gathering Area. Our school is very involved in giving aid to the poor. They have a monthly food collection, the Girl Scouts donate Girl Scout cookies and more, the sports teams donate canned goods, Market Day donates pies and more for Helping Hands to distribute to the needy.

Helping Hands provides school supplies to between 350- 500 school children in the city of Elyria every year. We provide 60 families, mostly parishioners, with a large Thanksgiving food basket every year. We give a festive Christmas food basket and presents to every member of the family to at least 12 families every year. We give aid to the Homeless providing them with a motel room and food. We respond to the phone calls the church receives from people asking for help with utility shut offs and rent evictions. In short, we give aid whenever and wherever we can.

In order to accomplish our mission. we have many fund raisers. We have our elegant Victorian Christmas Tea every other year. We have card parties, book sales, jewelry/purse sales and bake sales. We receive the donations from the poor boxes and gratefully accept other monetary donations.

We are members of Second Harvest Food Bank and have received grants from Wal-Mart, Lorain County Community Action Agency, The Jake Nolan Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank and more.

We invite and welcome anyone who is dedicated to serving the working poor and who shares our vision and methods for giving aid to those living in our parish community and to all the citizens of Elyira, to add your name to our list of volunteers.

For more information, to volunteer your time or to make a donation, contact Darlene Lauffer at 440-366-0118 or email saintjudehelpinghands@windstream.net.