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‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine you did for me.’ Matthew 24:40
Our mission is to live the gospel values in loving service to the needy in our communities by providing food and related services. We serve those in need with dignity and respect while encouraging self-sufficiency through transitional food assistance, financial aid, and resource referral services. We extend these services through our designated ministries and special ministry projects.
Serra’s Food Pantry
From our modest beginning more than 30 years ago serving just a few parish families from a small church office, we now provide more than 520 families each month with food and hygiene items. Food is distributed to the needy from donations made by area merchants through our “grocery rescue” service. We also receive generous food donations from area churches, businesses, schools, social clubs, youth groups and through many caring individuals who contribute nonperishable food and cash gifts. Additionally, as a registered nonprofit food agency, we receive food through United States Department of Agriculture programs administered by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s 2nd Harvest Regional Food Bank.
Parish Aid & Senior Outreach Services
Our ministry is committed to helping those in need who have experienced an unexpected life crisis and are in need of transitional support. We provide assistance to single mothers, abuse victims, special needs individuals and the homeless. Services include community-based resource referrals, information and at times limited financial assistance. Additionally, we provide services to seniors by hosting social events and volunteer visitations. Our family referral services are provided in partnership with Mission Hospital and the Community Health Enrichment Collaborative (CHEC) Family Resource Center.
Special Outreach Projects
In December, our Outreach team hosts a special Christmas Party for needy families in our community. Gifts and a holiday meal are distributed to deserving families. We have distributed as many as 1000 donated gifts to more than 600 children of 200 area families.