Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry

St. Mary’s supports the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry – a 501(c)(3) that grew from the currently inactive Sparta Ecumenical Council. The Food Pantry is located at First Presbyterian Church, 32 Main Street, Sparta, NJ.  The Food Pantry serves families across Sussex  County, assisting more than 10,000 people each year.

In addition to ongoing collection of non-perishable food items, we also give generously to several special collections during the year. 

·         The Summer Lunch Program helps feed those children who, during the school year, get breakfast/lunch assistance. Approximately 100 bags per week supplement the regular food distribution, helping to meet the needs of our youngest citizens. Volunteers help pack and distribute the food throughout the summer.

·         The Pet Program helps provide food for the four-legged members of families in need.  Our collection focus is pet food from St. Francis' Day in early October through the end of November.

Volunteers are always needed to give hours working at the Pantry.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 17:
Project Thanks is our biggest Outreach Program of the year.  To make it successful, we need help in preparing.  Read more
Sunday, November 18:
It’s that time to kick off the Holiday Season. Project Thanks is on November 18th this year. Read more
Sunday, December 9:
Santa Sacks is an annual Holiday Outreach program of St. Mary's. During the month of November, Church Members agree to take a sack, and a list from an area resident in need. (The lists typically ask for clothing and hygenic needs.) Read more