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.
So far we've raised $812,210.00. Construction costs have risen in the region so we still need to raise more funds to build.
Food Pantry Appeal video
Food Pantry Powerpoint presentation
Photos of Pantry and extra storage areas
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Help Us Build A New Building for the Food Pantry
Plans for our new building are coming along. We are accepting donations to raise money to build a new food pantry building. Please donate to help people in need from our community today!
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.
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.
We love our volunteers!
Food Pantry video
It's More Than A Building video
People of the Pantry
Sister Lucille Food Pantry