The Michael D. Fender Food Pantry

On Saturday mornings at 8:30 am, we distribute grocery bags of non-perishable food outside the Parish House of The Church of the Ascension at 12 West 11th Street in Manhattan (just west of Fifth Avenue). Clients line up on the north side of 11th Street after 8:00 am.

NOTE : The pantry will be open the third Saturday of each month. The fall 2014 schedule is as follows:  

         September 20, October 18, and November 15

This is a very important ministry for Ascension Outreach, because it directly aids those most need in our neighborhood and city. In addition, it is an example of putting our faith into action.

What Volunteers Do

Five to seven volunteers are needed for each distribution. We hand out numbers to the people in line and food bags are distributed at 9:00 am in number order.

Volunteers also prepare new bags for the next food pantry day. The food is stored in the ground floor of the Parish House where bags are packed and then carried upstairs and stored by the front door, ready to go. Volunteering takes about three hours and you are usually needed once every four-six weeks, starting at 8 a.m.


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