Community Ministry

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St. Ann’s feeding programs provide nourishing food and a welcoming community for more than 7,000 people each month.

Food Pantry: Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Soup Kitchen: Sundays from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

With many households in Mott Haven making less than $10,000 per year, it is almost impossible to survive without getting food from St. Ann’s. “No one wants her child to go to bed hungry,” one mother on the line explained. “With St. Ann’s, there is no reason for that to happen.”

Many of the guests are well know to us and treated like family. If they are sad, someone will ask if they are OK and determine if there is a way we can help. Sometimes a pair of shoes out of our clothing bin or a warm blanket will solve the problem, particularly for our many homeless guests.

Homeless people who live under the bridges and overpasses in Mott Haven get a good meal at St. Ann’s Soup kitchen. Yet they get more than nutritious food. St. Ann’s guests are treated with graciousness and hospitality. They are greeted with a warm smile and a sincere, “How are you?”

They can linger and stay as long as they like, until we have to wipe the tables and mop the floors. Those who will return to the streets or to one of the twenty-six crowded homeless shelters in our neighborhood are especially grateful for a place to sit and talk while having some good food. “It makes me happy that people are comfortable in our soup kitchen,” one of our workers said. One man who had already finished his food and left the premises, purposefully came back in and told us, “This place is wonderful. You are good to everybody, and you treat everyone with dignity. Thank you.”

 

General Clothing: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Interview Clothing: Tuesday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

People from both inside the neighborhood and from other places bring the clothes that they no longer need to St. Ann’s so that people who need them can get them. Donations are put in a large bin, which is rolled outside the church at 10:00 am and taken in at 2:00 pm. During that time, people from the neighborhood, especially mothers, find clothes that they need for themselves or for their families.

We also offer interview clothes on Tuesdays for those who are looking for work, but do not have the proper attire. All they need is to bring a referral from a back to work program on Tuesdays, and they may leave with a terrific new outfit. People who have never owned a suit have gotten their first one at St. Ann’s, and, feeling terrific, they have come back to let us know that they got the job.