St. Vincent de Paul opens new food pantry on Indianapolis north side

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A new food pantry opened this week to serve residents on the Indianapolis north side.

The St. Vincent de Paul society opened the pantry at 42nd Street and Boulevard Place. The pantry serves those who live in the parish boundaries of churches which roughly comprises an area from 32nd St. to 96th St. and White River to Keystone Avenue. But St. Vincent de Paul says most of those served live within the area bordered by Boulevard Place, Winthrop Ave., 30th St., and 42nd, as well as individuals and families living south of 46th St., near the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The new pantry, open Monday through Saturday, grew out of the need to expand the food pantry located at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 46th and Illinois Streets. That pantry had been in operation since 1982.When it opened 30 years ago, the pantry served eight to 12 families a month; the client count so far for 2012 averages 429 per month.

The new location provides ground-level access, many parking spaces, city bus service, adequate refrigeration, storage and work space, and ample client shopping areas.

Potential clients can learn more about the new pantry by calling the Help Line at 687-0169, Connect2Help at 211, or the pantry itself at 924-3461.

The pantry is run by 75 adult and student volunteers from the five parishes that make up St. Vincent de Paul and the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Thomas Aquinas Schools. The pantry is open 18 hours a week, with two shifts on Monday to Thursday and one each on Friday and Saturday.

Food comes from many different sources, including Gleaners, Second Helpings, church collections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Starbucks, student food drives, and community gardens from Immaculate Heart, St. Thomas Aquinas, the Unitarian Universalist Church, and Common Ground Christian Church.

Using the same system as the main food pantry for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on E. 30th St., clients are given a certain number of points to use to select the food they want. Available, in addition to canned and packaged items, are fresh and frozen produce and meat. Also available are personal hygiene products that are not available through the food-stamp program.

Donate here.

You can also send a check to the Society at 3001 E. 30th St, Indianapolis, IN 46218. Donations can be made directly to the new pantry by sending a check to Boulevard Place/SSVdP Food Pantry, 4202 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208.