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.