SVDP Monthly Food Drive
Our St. Vincent DePaul Society Conference organizes a monthly food drive for our community on the first full weekend of every month. In our weekly bulletin and in our website/social media we remind the community of this opportunity to generously donate at all the Masses in the vestibule of the Church.
The Social Ministry operates a food pantry and we distribute these items to neighbors in need. In keeping with the principle of solidarity we also have relationships with two parish communities in need and we distribute any excess items to the parishes in Wyandanch and Uniondale.
Notre Dame Parish is an extremely generous community and through the monthly food drive we have been able to serve our local community well. Many of the people in need have a tight budget due to the cost of living in New Hyde Park and unforeseen expenses can stretch our neighbors. Our social ministry office looks to see how we can benefit our neighbors in need but we also remind them that in utilizing our food pantry they can at least trim their own food budget as they address their financial challenges.
During these food drives we collect ONLY non-perishable items at the back of the Church. We tend to get an overabundance of certain foods like pasta, and mac and cheese. Presently our food pantry could actually use more of the following: Rice, Peanut butter and Jelly, Tuna fish/Sardines and other canned meats, baked beans, pasta sauce, Chef Boyardee products, canned fruit, coffee/tea and bottled water. Besides food we could always use toiletries, cleaners and paper products. Many of our wonderful parishioners donate supermarket gift cards and we are very thankful for that.
We would also like to make an appeal for perishable foods, especially meat, fruit and vegetables. We have freezers and refrigerators donated by Long Island Harvest to hold these goods. During the week please contact the social ministry office at (516) 326-3403 to schedule a donation of these goods at your convenience.
Thank you all for your amazing generosity!