As part of our work as a charter member of the Sparta Ecumenical Council, St. Mary’s supports the Sparta Food Pantry – a 501(c)(3) entity of the SEC. The Food Pantry, located at First Presbyterian Church, 32 Main Street, Sparta, NJ, serves families across Sussex County. Annually, more than 10,000 people are assisted with food donations.
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 Christmas Basket program provides a holiday meal – including a ham or turkey and all the fixings – to families across the county. St. Mary’s has always been generous in supporting this collection. Again, youth and adults help with the sorting, packing, and distribution.
Volunteers are always needed to make bi-weekly deliveries of donations to the Food Pantry or give hours working at the Pantry.