South Sacramento Food Locker
South Sacramento Interfaith Food Locker
St. Anthony is a participating, paid member of this interfaith project to provide food for the hungry of South Sacramento. The parish conducts three to four food drives a year, and helps to staff the food locker located at Bethany Presbyterian Church on 24th Street close to Fruitridge Road. Please call Frank Allen, 392-8180, if you would like to help out at the Food Locker.
Emergency Food Closet Ground Breaking
On Sunday afternoon October 3, a groundbreaking celebration for a permanent building for the emergency food closet was held at Bethany Presbyterian Church. Members of many of the seventeen member churches were present to grab shovels and start the dirt flying for the foundation of the new building.
The South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (S.S.I.P.), a nonprofit corporation with seventeen member congregations, was formed forty years ago. Today it sponsors the food closet to aid needy families.
In recent years the food closet has literally operated out of a closet, a small room in the back of the church. Even in such a small space it helps nearly 4,000 needy families every month. Now it will have its own new permanent building on the church grounds.
Before the ceremonial gold shovels came out, funds were raised to completely pay for the project. Funds came from a variety of contributors. Among them was Rich Fowler of St. Anthony parish who raised over seven thousand dollars with his Ride Against Hunger project. At the SSIP spring dinner Rich pledged to ride his bicycle from coast to coast. He proposed to ride sixty-seven miles a day because he is sixty-seven-years-old, and he asked for individual donations of sixty-seven dollars. On July 31, Rich and his riding buddy, Joe Ossman, having started with their rear wheels in the Pacific in San Francisco, dipped their front wheels into the Atlantic at Portland, Maine. Read about their experiences at www.richsrideagainsthunger.blogspot.com. Your donations are still welcome!
On October 3 the food closet had a new beginning as the diggers reached for their shovels. Among them were Dave Anders, the architect, Keith Rauh, the contractor, and Charlie Brown and Frank Allen who are the SSIP building team.
In this bleak economy many area families are hungry. The food closet always needs your help in both contributions of food and money. If you can help, especially as we approach the holiday season, give the staff a call at 428-5290.