The purpose of the St.Damian Food Pantry (SDFP) is to feed the hungry of Oak Forest while at the same time ministering to the spiritual needs of the people it serves.
The SDFP collects, sorts and delivers food to the needy of Oak Forest on a monthly basis. Currently, over 60 clients receive food from the SDFP every month. Each Food Pantry client receives 2 full bags of groceries including meat and bread. Deliveries are made on the third Saturday of every month. The SDFP is financed 100% by donations from Oak Forest churches, schools, businesses and parishioners.
The SDFP services Oak Forest residents who are in need of food regardless of religious denomination. Residents can call the hotline at 708-802-0484 for assistance.
We have returned to inviting volunteers to pack groceries the morning of the distribution. Volunteers are always needed to deliver groceries. In order to insure we have enough volunteers, each month an online Sign Up link is released. Please check the St. Damian Facebook page or the bulletin for more information and the current Sign Up link.
Usually, every May, the SDFP receives all food collected from the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. In May of 2017, the SDFP received a record-breaking 21,500 pounds of food. For May of 2020 and 2021, the food drive was postponed. Community members can still donate non-perishable items at any time to the food pantry. There is a collection bin located in the back of the church narthex.
Please contact Janice Van Kuiken, Food Pantry Coordinator, through our Pastoral Office at 687.1370 or email at [email protected] with any questions regarding the SDFP.
Food Pantry Delivery Dates: 3rd Saturday of every month at 8:00 am