Non-Perishable Food Donations
In addition to our weekly deliveries described below here, volunteers are also needed to help with the following major food drives.
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Boy Scouts from our St. Francis Parish Troop 27 and the National Eagle Scout Association NESA Alumni of Michigan will be available to assist food drive donors with moving groceries from their cars into the church Sat, Nov 14 from 2pm-6pm. Look for a scout in uniform in the front of the church for assistance to help you unload groceries from your car.
St. Francis Parish Food Drive is November 7-15, 2020. Food & groceries are needed for those who use the food pantries in our area. We need your help! Go Shopping! Learn more and help here’s the shopping list and the link to sign-up for delivery… November Food Drive, return the groceries any time the church is open before 2pm Sunday, November 15, to the church food box near the main door (open Mon-Fri 8:30am – 5pm; Sat 2pm-6pm; Sun 8am-2pm.) Help Move or Deliver the grocery bags between 2-3PM Sunday, November 15, to the organizations: Hope Clinic; & Catholic Social Services at Northside Community Center; & Foundations Preschool of Ann Arbor; & Corpus Christi Parish, Detroit. Sign-up to help here: November Food Drive!
Grocery Items Needed:
· Cold Cereal (any variety) or Oatmeal; · Instant Potatoes; · Crackers; · Bisquick or Boxed Bread Mix; · Corn Muffin Mix (Jiffy size); · Corn Leaves for Tamales (purchased from the international or Mexican aisle); · Harina (Corn Flour for Tamales); · Cans of Pozole (a type of canned soup, also may be called hominy); · Piloncillo Syrup (miel de panela) or dark brown sugar syrup; · Bimbuñuelos (BIMBO) (a type of snack-crispy wheels); · Refried Beans; · Rice; · Canned Jalapenos; · Canned Pumpkin; · Pumpkin Seeds; · Box Mix for Flan; · Tostados; · Soup (any variety especially low sodium); · Spaghetti, Egg Noodles or Elbow Macaroni; · Rice (white or brown); · Tuna or Hamburger Helper; · Spaghetti Sauce (24 oz. size plastic jar); · Canned Vegetables (corn, beans, peas, etc. low sodium); · Canned Tuna or Salmon; · Peanut Butter (24 oz. or smaller plastic jar); · Jam or Jelly (grape, berry, etc. in a plastic jar); · Ensure or similar nutritional beverage; · Canned ham, chicken, or turkey (24 oz. or less); · Canned Fruit (cocktail, applesauce, peaches, pears); · Canned Chili, Ravioli, or Beef Stew; · Macaroni and Cheese Box Mix; · Diapers (size 2, 4, 5, or 6) & baby wipes; · Pull-ups (Medium or Large); · Toilet Tissue & baby wipes; · Toothpaste or Toothbrushes; · Shampoo, Soap (liquid or bar), Personal Care Items; · Laundry Detergent or Dish Soap.
Donations of Funds for groceries are also welcome!
Donate online here: www.stfrancisa2.com/donations-almsgiving/
- February/March Food Drive, during Lent, for delivery to pantries in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. (The Shopping Lists)
- June Food Drive, for delivery to Detroit pantry program & Youth Programs organized by our Sister Parish, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Detroit. (The Shopping Lists)
- November Food Drive, delivered the Sunday, or two, before Thanksgiving. (The Shopping Lists on pages 8-12 here.) Shopping Lists for November and February. (printable all on one page, plus individual lists) (The Shopping Lists for Detroit in June are different. They are listed and printable on pages 8-12 here .) Please place in this bag a selection of grocery items from the list. Then return it to church during the weekend Masses THE NEXT WEEK. (At church, just take the Food to your seat.)
Every week of the year, all year long, members of St. Francis Parish bring non-perishable food items to Mass that are delivered by volunteers to local pantries: the Northside Community Center of Catholic Social Services in Ann Arbor (feeding over 500 Washtenaw families each month), and Hope Center in Ypsilanti, (feeding over 50 families a week). Please help!
Groceries are needed. Please bring non-perishable food to Mass this weekend and during Mass place them in the basket at the front of our St. Francis’ altar. Also, you may drop off food items any time right into the wooden box near the drinking fountain at the church main entrance.
Either place you choose, more groceries are needed each week for our low-income neighbors who rely on our weekly food deliveries from St. Francis to the pantries at: Hope Center, Ypsilanti (518 Harriet) (734-484-2989) & Northside Community Center Emergency Food Pantry, Ann Arbor (815 Taylor) (734-662-4462). Especially needed: canned soups, peanut butter and jam, or any lunch foods, canned tuna or salmon, protein bars, cereal, macaroni and cheese box mix, noodles, spaghetti sauce, spices like: oregano, garlic powder, etc.
Please check the expiration dates before you drop things off. Thank you!
Also, donations may be made to our St. Vincent de Paul of St. Francis Parish, which helps the pantries feed those in need. If you can help, please make your check payable to “St. Francis Parish”, with “St. Vincent de Paul” on the memo line. When did I See You Hungry? Please help! Groceries are needed.
Help Deliver Food
Volunteers are needed for pick-up and delivery or as a substitute. It just requires a car and about an hour of time on a Monday or a Tuesday once a month. See our schedule document here.
If you are interested in helping with leadership (Coordinator Position Description) or, for more information contact Scott Wright, Director of Parish Outreach Ministry Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-821-2121.