Elizabeth Ann Seton Food Pantry and Sandwich Kitchen
The Elizabeth Ann Seton Food Pantry and Sandwich Window began in 1980, handing out coffee and sandwiches to patrons on our front porch. Today, our sandwich kitchen is open 6 days a week, serving an average of 125 meals a day, in addition to hundreds of special holiday meals and thousands of cups of coffee per year. We also provide hygiene kits, socks, gloves, hats and winter clothing to our guests. Volunteers include parishioners, DePaul students, faculty and staff, and others from the neighborhood.
Volunteers arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on the day they are scheduled to volunteer and then serve meals until 10:00 a.m. Volunteers help by preparing and serving meals and conclude their shift by 10:15 a.m. after food service is ended. In addition, a group of volunteers prepares sandwiches on Saturday mornings from 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. For more information or to volunteer, click here.
The food pantry provides groceries to help makes ends meet for working poor families, families with young children and the elderly. Currently, over 50 households, or approximately 75 people, are assisted on a monthly basis. Assistance is also given to DePaul students in need. We are a member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
St. Vincent de Paul also helps to sponsor a refugee family through Catholic Charities. The family moved to Chicago in February 2016. If you are interested in volunteering on this program, contact Robert Beatty. If you would like to contribute to support this ministry, click here.
In addition to these programs, we also conduct the following:
– School Supply Drive for neighborhood tutoring service
– Christmas gifts for the Marillac-St. Vincent Center
– Baby clothes for the Women’s Center
– Operation Rice Bowl for Catholic Relief Services
For more information or to volunteer, contact Robert Beatty.