Join in the Fun and Benefit Catholic Social Services
~~Free Tax Preparation for CSS Clients~~
Community Action Agency will be at the Catholic Social Services offices every Thursday afternoon until April 15, helping clients with their income taxes. This is a FREE service provided by VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). Please call for appointment 947-2293.
The calendar for the Church Food Pantry donations is set up in which each church and school is given two months out of the year to collect food for the Catholic Social Service’s pantry.
St. Lawrence Catholic Church food pantry month was January. They brought in a truck load as seen in the picture below. Thank you St. Lawrence parishioners. This is a tremendous help.
Our Lady of the Gulf just finished with their month in early March. It was a huge success. They collected 236 bags of food that weighed over 3,000 pounds. It is unbelievable think about over 3,000 pounds of food in a one month time period. Thank you Our Lady of the Gulf for supporting Catholic Social Services Food Pantry!
The monthly food donations from our churches and schools keep the food pantry well stocked and then we only need to purchase meat to complete the bags for our clients.
Families come to our office every single day in need of food. We appreciate your help in fulfilling the Lord’s request to “feed my sheep”. In the year 2015, we have helped 511 families with food.
Monetary donations are gratefully accepted as well. (Checks payable to CSS are tax deductible.)
FOOD PANTRY SCHEDULE
January and July St. Thomas by-the-Sea/St. Lawrence
February and August Our Lady of the Gulf
March and October Christ the King/School/Shrine of the Holy Cross
April and November St. Patrick/School/St. John-Magnolia Springs
May and September St. Bartholomew/St. Benedict School/St. Agatha
June and December St. Joseph/St. Margaret
Urgent Needs: Canned Fruit, All Sizes Jelly, Chili, Beef Stew, Instant Potatoes
Non-perishable items we always need include:
breakfast cereal spaghetti sauce canned chicken
box of grits/oatmeal pork and beans
Please – remember we cannot give out expired or opened food items
Thank you for all of your help and support. You make a difference! God Bless!
Below are the numbers which show how we have helped in 2015 in the programs we have available.
Emergency Assistance 1,169 (families)
Project REACH 335 (children) 169 (families)
Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy 15 (clients)
Christmas Sharing 350 (children) 150 (families)