COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PILLAR
The Boulevard Place Food Pantry, an affiliate of St. Vincent de Paul, provides emergency food assistance to people in need residing in the church boundaries of St. Thomas, IHM, St. Luke, St. Joan of Arc, and Christ the King. Households living in the boundaries may shop twice a month. The pantry also serves families living outside the boundaries on a one-time basis. Shoppers receive between 16-25 “points” to shop (self-select) for food and personal items. In addition, produce, bread, eggs, margarine, soap, toilet paper and overstock items are given out for no points. The pantry is located at 4202 N. Boulevard Place, Indpls, IN 46208. The pantry is open 8 times a week: Mon/Wed/Thus/Fri 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Mon/Thur 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wed 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and Sat 9:00 a.m. – noon.
Cindy Brown, Pantry Director
Currently, the pantry has sufficient volunteer coverage for the 8 shifts, but shift substitutes are needed on an ongoing basis. A shift substitute is sent a monthly volunteer calendar with open shifts and updates of volunteer needs.
In addition, the pantry needs help in the following areas:
Stocking: Will be responsible for stocking the shelves, client cooler, meat chests, and bread rack at the end of a shift. Training will be provided. Help is needed for the following shifts:
- Wednesday evening from approx. 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Thursday morning from approx. 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
STA Food Donation Coordinator: Oversee the food donations from STA parishioners. Would involve communicating monthly with the Pantry Director, and others, to set donation targets and follow-through. Would occasionally involve helping to accept, weigh and shelve donations received on Sundays.
Repack assistance: Each Tuesday afternoon a team goes to Second Helpings to pick up food and produce. Many times the produce needs to be repacked and/or processed (such as repacking large bags of lettuce into family size servings). Someone is needed to communicate directly with the Second Helpings team each week to determine if the food received needs to be repacked/processed. The repack assistant will be responsible completing the repacking/processing.