As our city has redeveloped, many of our long-term residents are experiencing food insecurity. The Center has been meeting these needs since we were founded in 1983, and there is more demand than ever before.
The Food Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Households seeking food assistance check in with volunteers and have a shopping experience allowing them to select the products they want to meet their specific household’s needs. We find this approach to be rewarding – supporting healthy meals, the dignity of choice, and reducing waste.
Households may visit the Food Pantry as often as every two weeks. We provide food that supports more than 45,000 meals annually. The Food Pantry also builds community – the same families will regularly shop on the same schedule, building relationships with each other and the volunteers. Click here to experience a visit to our Food Pantry
The Father McKenna Center Food Pantry provides an atypical pantry experience by offering both non-perishable and fresh goods. We stock the Pantry with food from the Capital Area Food Bank, private and group donations, and purchases made possible by our donors.
Cash donations are the most flexible way for us to meet the changing needs of the Food Pantry’s patrons. We also welcome organizations holding canned food drives, as we know this reveals the challenge of food insecurity in our communities and promotes dialogue. We do maintain a specific needs list, please contact Emily Dold for details.