St Vincent de Paul update

“Spring is here and the St Vincent de Paul pantry is ready.  We have distributed green onions, radishes, and turnip greens to our patrons. We have planted 140 tomato plants and 70 bell peppers. Hot peppers, cucumbers and okra will be planted soon.  

The clothing closet is fully operational outside the north door of the building and serving 80 plus families each week. 

 Food pantry volunteers wheel out prepared carts of bagged food items—fresh veggies, packaged meat, canned goods, pasta, rice, and staple items such as raisins, tissue, treats and bread items.  

Currently we are serving approximately 155 households weekly. A special favorite is our monthly distribution of bicycles repaired and donated by a Holy Trinity Historic St. Pat's parishioner, Jerry Griffin. If you have bicycles or parts to donate, please bring them to the pantry. 

Thanks also for clothing, food staples and financial donations each month. Special thanks for all the prayers for us and the people we serve.  

Come visit Mondays or Fridays and see the hustle and bustle and dedication of our many volunteers as they prepare for the next distribution day.  Tour the garden and take note of the raised beds.  The garden would benefit from a load of compost from the ISU farm and we need a vehicle to haul and dump this compost.  The patio area needs repair (a small group of dedicated people could accomplish repair in one Saturday).  

The SVdP/Holy Trinity pantry is looking for someone to maintain/repair the vehicles.  Can you give us a hand?  Leave a message at or call 309/829-9611.   

One June 19/20, volunteers will be outside the front doors of both churches seeking donations.  Please be generous.”