The Food Pantry at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran began in the trunk of a church member’s car during the Rhode Island banking crisis of January 1991. The Food Pantry has grown over the last 25 years and continues to proudly serve our community.
We currently serve 1,575 needy Pawtucket/Central Falls residents each month. When people come, they need to bring identification that says they are residents of Rhode Island. Clients are allowed to come twice/month to the food pantry. Every client receives 2 bags of groceries, which include canned protein, snack items, cereal, bakery goods, health and beauty aids, and fresh vegetables/fruit and meat, when available.
The Food Pantry is an emergency provider for the Rhode Island Food Bank. Regularly, new residents or people with surprising expenses and difficulties from across the state come for the extra help that the food pantry can offer. They are welcome to come one time in the off hours of the pantry but we encourage them to come during our food pantry hours from that point, if we are part of the network of food pantries supported by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, and we are able to purchase food at 13 cents per pound. In addition, financial donations by church members has helped sustain our mission of serving the hungry in Pawtucket.
Church members and other community volunteers assist the food pantry by unloading trucks every Thursday, cleaning the Fellowship Hall every Friday, and bagging groceries on over the years, the Food Pantry has received financial donations, food donations, and grants from the Hasbro Corporation, St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, First Baptist Church (Pawtucket), St. Mary’s Syrian Antiochian, Pawtucket Credit Union, Pawtucket Teachers’ Alliance, Charles E. Shea High School, A Little Bit of Everything Store, Excellent Coffee, The Pawtucket Lions Club, Butler and Messier Insurance, the Law Offices of McKinnon and Harwood and many other concerned companies and groups in our community.
The Food Pantry at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran is open every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and every second and fourth Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. Food donations are always needed, such as breakfast cereals, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, canned beans, baby foods, and health, and beauty aids. Financial donations are very much appreciated. For more information on how to help, please contact church office for more information.