In the words of Pope Francis,.... food pantries are "Islands of Mercy"- providing food for the hungry, drink to the thirsty and clothing for the needy.
On Sat., Feb.27, staff and volunteers from the IHM and SJW food pantries attended an "Islands of Mercy" prayer service sponsored by the Social Action Ministry Office ofthe Syracuse Diocese. The prayer service, held at St.Lucy's Church, celebrated the work of food pantries and meal sites in our Diocese. It was a beautiful service acknowledging and celebrating the compassionate, caring folks who support our outreach ministries.
Together the IHM and SJW food pantries serve over 300 Liverpool area families each month. We provide over 1000 sandwiches to Catholic Charities Men's Shelter each month. Free clothing is available to all. We serve breakfast at the men's shelter and dinner at the Samaritan Center. We reach out and provide for the needs ofhomeless veterans.
In Bishop Cunningham's letter to the "Bearers of Mercy", he states that "our pantries,meal sites and clothing outlets have fed Christ, given Him drink and clothed Him. At times though tested by anger, frustration and ill will, the grace ofGod has been seen through your efforts."