Loaves and Fishes

We respond to the Gospel call to feed the hungry...

 

“The poor are not just people to whom we can give something.  They have much to offer us and to teach us...They show us that people's value is not measured by their possessions or how much money they have in the bank.  A poor person, a person lacking material possessions, always maintains his or her dignity.  The poor can teach us much about humility and trust in God.”
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MOther's day gift bags

Mother's Day, May 14th, is a time for families to honor their mothers.  This special occasion gives us the opportunity to support young mothers who have chosen life for their babies despite overwhelming challenges in their own lives.  We would like to provide the young women who are currently residing at Momma's House, Mother of Good Counsel Home and Bethany House with gift bags filled with special items for Mother's Day.  Saint Anne’s MOM’s group also supports this project by providing an additional 12 gift bags for the soon-to-be moms living in Catholic Charities Regina Residence. 

We plan to deliver 55 tote bags to these homes on May 8th, prior to Mother's Day.  We have the bags, but now your help is needed in gathering the gift items to fill them!  Please mark your donations "Mother's Day" and place in the Loaves & Fishes closets (right side.)  Thank you!

The following items are needed:  (All new and please, no travel sized items)

Bath/Body Wash                       Hand/Face Cream                    Individually-wrapped Toothbrush/Toothpaste

Shampoo Combs/Brushes           Small Box of Candy                    Deodorant                   Make-up

Socks                              Nail Polish/Manicure Kit                       Jewelry                        Nightgowns - All sizes     

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers who assist in putting the gift bags together!

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Loaves & Fishes Ministry...

As people of faith, we are called to help those who are in need. We hope that everyone in Saint Anne’s Parish wants to have a part in this mission. Our primary objective is to help bring food to those who are unable to provide for their families. Each parishioner can be part of this mission by bringing food items to the LOAVES & FISHES CLOSETS located on the left of the main church entrance at the top of the stairs. The food items are taken to local parish outreach centers such as Saint Martha’s in Uniondale, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Roosevelt, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Wyandanch and Saint Mary of the Isle in Long Beach, who then manage the process of getting food to those who need it. Our food collection continues every week throughout the year. With a significant number of people out of work due the current economic crisis, the importance of helping others has never been greater.

In addition to the weekly food drive, the Loaves & Fishes Ministry has other monthly projects including collecting winter coats, Thanksgiving & Christmas family dinners for about 300 families, and other seasonal efforts to help those in need. Each of these efforts is announced in the bulletin and on this page (please scroll down). For these efforts we need volunteers to take calls, to manage the collection process and volunteers to drive. We like to have a number of volunteers so that no one person is asked to commit more time than they are able. Please contact Linda Leone at 352-5904 or lindaleone@stannesgc.org for more information or to lend a hand.

Weekly Food Drive

Parishioners are openly invited to bring items of food to Saint Anne’s Church and deposit them in the Loaves and Fishes closets, located on the left side of the Church lobby.  Thanks to the generosity of our many food donors, we are able to deliver substantial amounts of food to various parish outreach centers which directly serve people who are poor and in need. Regular deliveries are made to Saint Martha’s in Uniondale, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Roosevelt, St. Mary of the Isle in Long Beach and Our Holy Redeemer in Freeport. 

To view pictures from recent delivery dates, please click here.

Please place all food items in the Loaves and Fishes closets in the lobby of the Church.  On weekdays, the Church doors are open every day from 7:00AM - 2:30PM.  

At this time, the items most needed include:

Soup Cereal Tuna Fish
Pasta & Sauce Powdered Milk Rice
Red & Black Beans Baby Diapers (large sizes) Peanut Butter
Macaroni & Cheese Canned Vegetables Canned Fruit