Located on the ground floor of the Parish Center, Assumption's Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen is sustained by a group of 90 volunteers, as well as contributions from the Syracuse University Alibrandi Catholic Center and local parishes including Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Agnes, St. Ann’s and Sacred heart. The scope of the Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen is not the only thing that sets it apart from many other comparable services; volunteers add an element of spirituality to their charitable work each day through quiet, spiritual reflection.
Though the food pantry and soup kitchen is supported in part by federal grants, the majority of funding comes from private donations including Nichol’s, Tops and Wegmans groceries. Food stock comes primarily from the Food Bank of Central New York.
The Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen’s Daily Sandwich Program is unique. It offers a free bag lunch to anyone who comes to the door; no questions asked. Clients do not have to register, and do not have to reside in a specific geographic area. The goal of the program is to quell hunger in the most immediate and effective way possible. As a result of its accessibility, the Daily Sandwich Program hands out an epic number of sandwiches -- between 7,500 and 12,000 per month.
11:00AM - 1:00PM
4:00PM - 5:00PM
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
This more traditional program is funded by three separate federal grants, provides families with food each month to prevent hunger, and serves many additional families who may be in crisis. The Food Pantry accommodates a prescribed geographic area as designated by the Inter-Religious Food Consortium. Parcels are distributed in quantities based on number of dependents. Clients must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for the program, and register in advance.
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM