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.
Our volunteers schedule themselves using an online scheduling system. You will need to create an account to be able to sign up. A link to do this is provided below.
Once you submit the form, you’ll receive another email with your log-in. Go ahead, log on and look at the schedule to sign up. Feel free to sign up for whenever you are available.
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.
The Second Sunday of every month is designated “Outreach Sunday.” On this day we work to promote education and awareness of our outreach ministries, the people we serve, and the evolving needs of our community. Second Sunday is also a day when we ask for tangible donations for anything from socks and underwear to pudding and fruit cups. Our needs, of course, vary and a prior announcement is made in the bulletin of what items we are collecting.
Throughout the year, we participate in several key activities that either help fund our ministry or provide direct services. Some of these include:
· Fall School Supply Drive for neighborhood tutoring services
· St. Patrick’s Boys High School food drive
· Christmas gifts for the Marillac-St. Vincent Center
· Christmas at DePaul
· The Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk
· Legal and social services for kitchen guests
· Baby clothes for the Women’s Center
· Operation Rice Bowl for Catholic Relief Services
For more information or to volunteer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.