In service to our community, we seek to provide to all of those in need in keeping with the Catholic Church’s commitment to social justice. With the dedication and tireless effort of Ubaldo Cisneros and his staff and volunteers, the Food Pantry feeds those in need twice a week. In these pandemic times, our Food Pantry was the only ministry that was not suspended and has increased in importance and need.
Three times Jesus asked Peter do you love me, “Peter said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” Jn 21:17
With the economic changes due to the impacts of the Coronavirus, more and more of the people of God are in need of our help. Our Food Pantry is receiving less food and more people in line.
In order to help our Food Pantry, we held a Food Drive for the first two weeks in May 2020 to support those who rely on us to feed their families. We are currently having to buy rice and beans; this is expending a lot of money. Although the response was great, we will continue to have a greater need to continue our community support to feed people.
- Faith Direct at https://membership.faithdirect.net/VA924
- mailing a check or
- dropping off your gift in the Donation Box inside the church.
In this special uncertain time, we are most thankful for the loving gifts of all our parishioners, and to those who volunteer at the Food Pantry with Ubaldo Cisneros and his staff.
St. Anthony’s provides food assistance weekday afternoons to those in need in our community. The Food Pantry operates two days a week (Monday and Wednesday) from 10:00 am-2:00 pm and is one of the only food pantries in Northern Virginia to do so. Our Food Pantry fed over 1000 people a month before this crisis broke out. Now they are feeding three to four times as many people. It is the only parish ministry that did not stop when the pandemic restrictions were put in place at the parish. Our assistance is provided to all—on a nondenominational basis. The St. Anthony Food Pantry is operated by volunteers and funded through donations. Please arrive as early as possible, dependent on wait times, if arriving near closing time at 2:00 pm, service is not guaranteed.
Each Saturday morning, a team of volunteers also packages meals for day laborers in our community.
When finances permit, some financial support for rent and other emergency expenses is also provided to deserving individuals.
We also thank our corporate donors from which we receive regular generous donations including:
- Chipolte Mexican Grill
- The Cheesecake Factory
- E & M Capital Distributors
- Panera Bread
- Rio Grande Foods
- Starbucks Coffee
- Trader Joe’s
The Food Pantry needs volunteers during the hours it is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Volunteers are needed during this time. Volunteers can also help outside of these hours with administrative work. Please call Mike Korin at 703-642-8284 or Ubaldo Cisneros at 703-820-7111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In March 2020, the Arlington Catholic Herald wrote an article on the increase in the need for food pantries and featured our Food Pantry. Click here to read the article.
“Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless but because they are priceless.” Sherry Anderson