food pantry

The Catholic Social Ministries Food Pantry is a joint effort by both

St. Mary Cathedral Parish and Old St. Vincent's Chapel of Ease in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Mission:  To share the love of Jesus Christ by providing food assistance to those in need in Cape Girardeau County.

The new Pantry is open!   The new location is 141 South Frederick Street, Cape Girardeau

Watch for our Ribbon Cutting/Blessing to be announced in the next few weeks!



Ground Breaking & Blessing video

Food Pantry Appeal video

Food Pantry Powerpoint presentation

Photos of Pantry and extra storage areas

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Who We Serve

The Food Pantry serves over 640 families, including 1800 residents of Cape Girardeau County each month.  Located at 134 S. Sprigg Street we are

initiating plans for a new building and beginning a fund raising drive for a new building on this same site.  Begun as a ministry by Sister Lucille Zerr in 2006 to ease the constant request for something to eat in the southeastern portion of the City of Cape Girardeau, Sister Lucille encouraged volunteers to look for a site to give out food to area community residents who were in need.  Members of both St. Mary's and Old St. Vincents were quick to pitch in and begin collecting food from local grocery stores, SEMO Food Bank and out of their own home pantries to help the poor.  They found a site directly across from St. Mary's church and though the building was old, they tried to make it usuable to serve as a food pantry.

In 2014 the Catholic Social Ministries committee raised funds to purchase a panel truck to help in collecting food for the pantry.

It was blessed by Fr. Allan Saunders, pastor of St. Marys.  Today, many miles and hours later the truck is seen picking up food

from area grocery stores and the SEMO Food Bank.

Our Volunteers

We thank the many volunteers who help us collect food, stack it in the pantry and our storage facility which is a house nearby.  We have volunters who work the parking lot, carry bags to cars, fill the bags, pick up food donations and much much more.Our Catholic Social Ministries Committee meets every month to keep the Food Pantry going. The Catholic Social Ministries Committee:  Don Shuck, Theresa Essner, Ted Ernst, Hugh Protzel, Paul and Colette Hendrickson, Tom Howard, Mary Diggory, Jim Keusenkothen.

More videos

We love our volunteers!

Food Pantry video

It's More Than A Building video

People of the Pantry

Sister Lucille Food Pantry