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Pantry of Hope

St. Paul’s Pantry of Hope provides groceries to families, seniors and others in the community who have access to cooking facilities but who have a difficult time affording wholesome nutritious food throughout the month. Pantry clients visit the pantry on Sunday afternoons.

The pantry was begun in 2012 under the supervision of the Ven. Carolyn Bolton, deacon of St. Paul’s and Alameda Country senior resource director for Episcopal Senior Resources. A collaborative project of St. Paul’s Church, Episcopal Senior Resources and the Alameda Country Food Bank, it serves about 60 to 80 individuals each week.

The pantry is staffed mostly by volunteers from St. Paul’s Church. Much of the food is purchased from the Alameda County Food Bank with funds from Episcopal Senior Communities, donations and grants from the Alameda Deanery and St. Paul’s Episcopal School. The pantry is always happy to accept non-perishable foods and financial donations

Our lead volunteers for Food Pantry are Annette Blue and Glenwood Brown.  For questions about the Pantry of Hope, please contact Rev. Carolyn Bolton can at (510) 834-4314 x 504.

The Deanery of Alameda County recently featured us in a video.  You can view the video here:

Our staff are all volunteers.  Some of them can be seen in the pictures below.

Annette greets a customer waiting in line.  Because space is limited, and because we need to keep track of how many people we are serving and what food we are providing, we assign numbers according to first-come first-serve.

Annette with fresh fruit and produce purchased from Alameda County Food Bank.

 Kathy and Maggie explaining the various food items available.

The pantry especially needs donations of:

  • Paper towels
  • Toilet tissue
  • Individual salt and pepper shakers
  • Small bottles of cooking oil

These items may be brought to St Paul’s on Sundays or to the parish administrator’s office during regular office hours (9-4).

St. Paul’s also is associated with several other local food programs :

  • Lunch bags of prepared foods are available on an emergency basis to homeless people.
  • The Senior Food Market held Thursday mornings in the Parish Hall sells fresh produce and some limited staples (eggs, cheese) at or below cost. This is also a project of Episcopal Senior Communities.
  • St. Paul’s parishioners assist at St. James Church monthly making sandwiches for day laborers; at St. Mary’s Winter Senior Homeless Shelter preparing dinner once a month between December and April, and with a monthly seniors lunch at St. Augustine’s Church.