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Thanksgiving Food Drive: Giving Back to Our Community

Thanksgiving Food Drive: Giving Back to Our Community

November 6-15, Benefiting St. Vincent de Paul and Community Food Pantry

FOR I WAS HUNGRY, AND YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING TO EAT, I WAS THIRSTY, AND YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING TO DRINK, I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU INVITED ME IN. -- MATTHEW 25:35

As the holiday season approaches, we are reminded of the importance of giving back to those in need. This November 6-15, we invite you to join us in a heartfelt Thanksgiving Food Drive, benefiting St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and the Community Food Pantry. These organizations play a crucial role in our community, serving individuals and families who are struggling to put food on their tables.

We have compiled a list of requested items by grade level to make your donations more targeted and effective. However, please refrain from sending any glass containers to ensure the safety of all involved.

Pre-K/K:

  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Box of instant mashed potatoes
  • Box of individually wrapped crackers (e.g., Lance)
  • Box of stuffing
  • Peanut butter and jelly

1st/2nd:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned gravy or gravy packets
  • Canned beans
  • Pancake Mix
  • Box of bars (granola/cereal/protein)
  • Box of stuffing

3rd/4th:

  • Chef Boyardee
  • Rice
  • Package of individual applesauce/fruit pouches
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned soup

5th:

  • Boxes of mashed potatoes
  • Cans of gravy
  • Cans of cranberry sauce
  • Onion toppings

6th:

  • Boxes of stuffing and jars of gravy
  • Canned pumpkin/pumpkin pie mix
  • Cornbread muffin mix
  • Box mix for pie crust and canned green beans
  • Chicken stock
  • Canned vegetables (carrots/corn/sweet potatoes)
  • Cranberry sauce and canned/boxed potatoes

7th:

  • Canned green beans/corn/carrots
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Boxes of stuffing
  • Boxed muffin mix (cornbread, banana, pumpkin)

8th:

  • Chicken stock
  • Cans of pumpkin or pumpkin pie mix
  • Mushroom soup
  • Pie crust mix
  • Boxes of pudding/Jell-o

9th:

  • Cereal
  • Canned fruits

10th:

  • Box of bars (granola/cereal/protein)
  • Canned vegetables

11th:

  • Travel-size toothbrushes/toothpaste/deodorant
  • Canned soups

12th:

  • Travel size hand sanitizer/disposable razors/soap/shampoo/combs
  • Box of instant mashed potatoes

November is the perfect time to volunteer as a family and give thanks for all that we have by helping those in need. There are various food pantries in the area needing support during this busy season (see below). Check your parish bulletin for additional ways to make a difference.

St. Vincent de Paul (SVP): SVP is a Catholic Society that serves all people in need, providing basic necessities such as food, clothing, and medicine. We have a long-standing tradition of supporting SVP's food pantry as part of our annual Community Service Day in the Elementary School. Given the current challenging times, we are committed to continuing our support and making a significant difference in the lives of those they serve.

Community Food Pantry: The Community Food Pantry is dedicated to ending physical and emotional hunger in our community with dignity. Their approach goes beyond simply providing nutritional foods; they also offer support services like health screenings, nutritional education, outreach for veterans and the homeless, and more. Every client and volunteer is treated with grace and dignity, without regard to race, creed, religion, income, or perceived need.

Metropolitan Ministries

Feeding Tampa Bay

Nativity PBJ Ministry

Tampa Bay Harvest

Together, we can make this Thanksgiving season a time of abundance, love, and gratitude for members of our community. Thank you for your generosity and kindness.