St. Andrew the Apostle Good Samaritans
Our Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church seeks to bring a measure of God’s love and mercy to others by sharing the blessings of food and other resources with those who are in need. All those who walk through our doors are seen as our brothers and sisters in Christ and will therefore be served with great respect and compassion.
Our Good Samaritan Ministry and Food Pantry is staffed entirely by volunteers and based in the Caring Ministries Office (northwest corner of the campus).
Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
The Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, under the guidelines set forth by the Pastor and the Coordinator of Caring Ministries and guided by the Gospel teachings of Christ, provides assistance to parishioners and residents who reside within the Chandler community and who are in need of basic assistance and spiritual guidance.
Some volunteers work the intake desk and do client interviews while others prepare bags of food for the client in the food pantry. Our volunteers also stock shelves and arrange items from various drives we organize during the year. New volunteers are always welcome and needed. No experience is necessary. The only requirement is a kind and generous heart and a willingness to practice the Corporal Works of Mercy. Our volunteer staff greet each client and determine their needs through the intake process.
We provide assistance to our clients according to our resources and guidelines in the form of non-perishable groceries and personal care items, and in some cases grocery and gas cards and partial payment of utilities. We gladly serve those in need who live in our Chandler community and parish boundaries as defined by the Diocese of Phoenix.
Many of our clients are among the chronically poor who use the food pantry on a monthly basis. Now, because of an increase in usage and decrease in donations, we are faced with limiting our availability. We need your help to help re-stock our pantry. We have listed some items you could bring this week or anything else always helps.
By the grace of God and the generosity of our faith community of St. Andrew's, we are able to help hundreds of people every year through our Good Samaritans Ministry! The good that we are able to accomplish is supported entirely by donations. We eagerly accept food donations from businesses, individuals and organizations throughout the community.
Several Good Samaritan "Poor Boxes" are located in the Narthex. Donations may be dropped in those at any time, or placed in the collection basket during Mass (be sure to write "Good Samaritans"on the memo line of your check).
Food donations can be dropped off at all Masses in the wagons located in the Narthex or dropped off directly at the Caring Ministries office during our open operational hours of Monday-Thursday from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Children are also invited to bring forth food items at Sunday Masses and place in the baskets at the base of the altar during Preparation of the Gifts.
Special Good Samaritan projects include periodic preparation of meals for transitional living centers, for a domestic violence shelter, and/or for homeless shelters. The Good Samaritans also coordinate St. Andrew's-sponsored community project, like our annual the Thanksgiving Food Drive and Lenten soup suppers.
The Food Pantry needs nutritious, non-perishable foods:
- Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
- Tuna and canned meat
- Peanut butter
- Canned foods with pop-top lids
- Low-sugar cereals
- 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes
- Canned fruit packed in juice
- Canned vegetables (low salt)
Please avoid donating items packaged in glass.
We request that you do not donate bulk quantities of rice, flour, or sugar. Although we appreciate and can utilize every donation we receive, we don't have the repackaging facilities needed to properly distribute such items. If you would like to donate such items, we will be happy to coordinate a donation to Paz de Cristo or other non-profit agency that serves meals to the homeless.
We are proud that at St. Andrew's, we also ensure that every individual or family that we give food to through our Food Pantry also recieves basic personal hygiene items. We all know that we feel good when we have a full stomach. But we also feel much better about ourselves when we are clean on the outside.
The following items are always needed:
- Bath soap (bars)
- Razors (for men & women)
- Shaving cream
- Tampons & sanitary napkins
- Toilet paper
- Dry laundry detergent
Thank you for your faithfulness in donating to our Good Samaritans! We could not help our brothers and sisters in need without you!