Loaves and Fishes Ministry
Feeding the Hungry in Hamilton County
Our Mission is to prayerfully engage the faith and fruitfulness of our St Elizabeth Ann Seton Families to serve those in Hamilton County with need of assistance.
Our Goal is to support the food pantry of The Merciful HELP Center right here in Carmel Indiana. Locate on the campus of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, they provide free service, on a year round basis, to the disadvantaged of central Indiana with a focus on Hamilton County since 1994.
How can you participate?
- Donation of Food. Our prayer is you will make this a part of your family’s weekly grocery shopping routine by including something for another in need.
- Making a monetary donation. By partnering with local grocery stores and Gleaners, Merciful HELP can extend every $1 donation into $12.50 of food. SEAS Online Giving makes it easy to designate a weekly or monthly contribution to SEAS Loaves and Fishes Ministry or you can make a check out to SEAS Loaves and Fishes.
- Join our ministry. SEAS Loaves and Fishes Ministry will be staffing the food pantry one Saturday a month. We will also need assistance in transporting our SEAS food donations to the Pantry once a week.
Here is how it works.
- Collection bins are located in the entrances of the Church Commons and Parish Life Center. Donations can be dropped off anytime the parish is open.
- Reusable shopping bags are available to make donation drop-off easy.
- On the back of this flyer you will see a list of the most need items. We will communicate a list of “most needed” items on a regular basis in the Seton Voice Weekly Bulletin.
We hope and pray this new mission will compliment the generosity expressed by our parish in the annual Thanksgiving Baskets and other food drives throughout the year.
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“When we are generous in welcoming people and sharing something with them—some food, a place in our homes, our time—not only do we no longer remain poor: we are enriched.”
(Pope Francis, Address during Visit to the Community at Varginha, 7/25/13)
Current Pantry Needs
- Soups with Protein
- Flavored Pasta Packets
- Canned Tomatoes
- Mayonnaise or salad dressing
- Cooking oil
- Canned Pineapple Chunks
- Diapers - newborn, size 1 and 2 are needed most
- Baby Food or cereal
- Baby wipes
- Laundry detergent
- Dish detergent
- Paper Towels
- Dinner napkins
- Cleaning products
- Powdered cleansers
Personal Care Items
- Feminine napkins
- Travel Sizes: shampoo, conditioner, body washes, toothpaste and soap
Getting Involved in Merciful Help Food Pantry
We recommend that each volunteer train to become a shopper so they experience the breadth of services offered at MHC. A shopper assists our clients with the selection of food items available in the pantry.
Attend protocol training at SEAS or another parish. Click here for a complete list of trainings available.
Attend shopper training which will be offered March 10, May12, July14, September 8 and November 10. Other training dates can be arranged by contacting Susan McIntosh at 846-8459.
Click here to view our flyer.
Click here to view testimonials from parishioners working at the Merciful Help Food Pantry.