Established in March of 1984, the members of seven church congregations within Smithtown saw a need to provide food to residents who could not afford to feed their families. This is an ecumenical project that depends on the parishioners of all seven churches to work together as one in order to provide food and to staff the pantry on a rotating basis. Our motto is "to aid residents in an Emergency Food Crisis."
We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Every year we are also able to provide a complete Thanksgiving Dinner for our clients. Due to the outstanding support from our Smithtown Community last year 122 families received everything from napkins, homemade breads, turkey, fresh vegetables and fruit and delicious pies.
The churches are:
During 2010 we assisted 1,236 families
During 2011 we assisted 1,479 families
During 2012 we assisted 1,816 families
During 2013 we assisted 1,928 families
During 2014 we assisted 2,280 families
Our shelves are kept stocked due to the many churches, schools, boy and girl scouts, athletic teams, local businesses and their employees, fraternal and social organizations, and other members of the town providing a steady stream of food, supplies, and monetary donations while local papers, cable stations, and internet newsgroups help us get our message out to the community. In addition, our Executive Coordinator and Church Coordinators give presentations to local organizations and groups to give them a tour of the Food Pantry as we explain what our mission is all about. Without the community's generosity and help, we would not have been able to maintain this ministry as well as we have over the years.
Donations are always appreciated no matter how small or large. Non-perishables like canned foods, pastas, are always accepted along with water, condiments and toiletries (ie: toilet paper), whereas monetary donations help us buy fresh meat, milk, and eggs.
You can drop off donations to the Food Pantry at the rear of the St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish House located at 90 Edgewater Avenue, Smithtown. We are open, Monday to Friday from 9am to 12noon.