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The New Facility for St. Damien’s Food Pantry

On April 23rd, 2024, the ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of St. Damien’s Food Pantry new facility in Wareham, MA. The pantry served as a vital resource for those in need of food assistance in the area. State representatives Susan Williams Gifford and State Senator Marc R. Pacheco were in attendance, expressing their full support for the mission and work of St. Damien’s Pantry. Cheryl Schondek, the COO of the Greater Boston Food Bank, also attended to convey the organization's gratitude and pledged ongoing support in honor of her late uncle, Fr. Michael Anunciato,

The ribbon cutting ceremony drew a large crowd of supporters who came to show their appreciation for the invaluable work of St. Damien’s Food Pantry. A special tribute was made to the volunteers for their tireless dedication in assisting the pantry.

The inception of the food pantry was spearheaded by the late Fr. Gabriel Healy,, who recognized the dire need for food assistance in the community. He initiated the project with the goal of providing support to those in Wareham and neighboring towns who struggled to put food on their tables. With the assistance of Fr. Thomas McElroy,, Fr. Gabriel's vision for the pantry began to take shape. Volunteers joined in the mission, committed to helping those in need. Presently a lay Board of Directors manages the day-to-day operation of the pantry.

As the years passed, the demand for food assistance grew, prompting the St. Damien’s Pantry Board of Director seek a larger facility. They envisioned a space where individuals seeking assistance could maintain their dignity and autonomy, akin to a regular shopping experience. Through generous donations and community support, a new facility was built, designed to resemble a welcoming store where clients could select their food items with dignity.

Today, the newly constructed facility serves the people of Wareham and neighboring towns. Operating on Thursdays and Saturdays at 6:30 am, volunteers ensure that every visitor feels valued and respected. Fr. Columban Crotty,, a dedicated member of the board, continues to uphold the mission established by Fr. Gabriel and Fr. Tom. Inspired by the compassion of St. Damien, who cared for those afflicted with leprosy, the pantry remains a beacon of hope for those facing food insecurity.

As we reflect on the journey of St. Damien’s Food Pantry, we pray for its continued success in fulfilling its mission of compassion and service, as envisioned by the Congregation in the 1990s.

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