feed the hungry

At this time of public health crisis it has become even more challenging to feed those in need.  Are you in a position to help?

Thanksgiving Basket Collection

St. Francis Parish is assembling Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need. You are invited to participate in this project. Please look for the turkey display in the Gathering Space and choose a feather naming a non-perishable item needed for the basket. Please return your items by Saturday, November 20 and sort/place them in the appropriate boxes labelled for the items. (Due to Covid-19, we will pre-package the boxes of food for delivery.) You can also donate money for the purchase of $25.00 gift certificates that will be put in the baskets for the family to purchase perishable items. You may drop monetary donations in the collection basket before any weekend Mass or anytime in the drop safe by the nursery. 
On Sunday, November 21 after the 11:00 mass, we will distribute the pre-packaged baskets. To volunteer to deliver baskets, look for sign-up sheets next to the turkey display in the Gathering Space. What a great way to show your gratitude!

Thanks and God Bless You,
Tom Kwest
St. Francis St. Vincent DePaul

The following is the list of non-perishable basket items that we are collecting:

  • canned vegetables
  • stuffing mix
  • mashed potatoes
  • gravy mix or canned
  • sweet potatoes (canned)

  • cranberry sauce
  • canned fruit
  • soup
  • pickles
  • olives
  • jellies



The CSSMV Food Pantry is distributing boxes of food to people in need in the Dayton area. The need is greater than ever before, and CSSMV has asked parishes to host food drives to supplement the pantry.

St. Francis Social Action Commission will host a food drive for CSSMV on the third Sunday of each month. Please drop off items in the designated table in Friendship Hall.

The following is a list of food items that are most needed right now:

  • pasta
  • pasta sauce
  • pancake mix
  • oatmeal
  • mac & cheese
  • crackers
  • cereal
  • peanut butter
  • canned goods: meats, beans, soups, fruits and vegetables.

Personal care items are also needed:

  • hand soap
  • body wash/bar soap
  • hand sanitizer
  • ethnic hair care products
  • menstrual products
  • diapers (all sizes)
  • baby wipes
  • deodorant, sunscreen lotion, toothbrushes, and new socks.

Items are distributed in plastic grocery bags so clean dry plastic grocery bags are welcome!

Donations are always extremely helpful as well, and can be done through the following link: https://cssmv.org/donate-now/

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley are looking for new volunteers to work in their Choice Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed that can commit to consistently work at least one morning from 8am-noon each week or month. Those interested should contact Mike Hoendorf at (937) 223-7217 ext. 1141 or by email at hoendorfm@cssmv.org.


We are providing breakfast for the St. Vincent de Paul Hotel guests. Pick up a casserole pan or a slip of paper for other needed items in the Gathering Space after Mass (the weekend of the last Saturday of each month). Return your cooked casseroles to the refrigerator and other donated food items to the table in Friendship Hall by 4pm on the 1st Friday of the month.

Click Here for casserole instructions!

Checks may be made payable to “St. Vincent de Paul Hotel” or place cash in an envelope marked for “St. Vincent Hotel.”  These donations should be dropped in the safe deposit box, located to the right of the door to the nursery.

Don’t forget we still have the food barrels at the entrance of the church for non-perishable items, cleaning supplies, and personal care items.


The Bellbrook Sugarcreek Family Resource Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that gives food, clothing, school supplies, holiday gifts, assistance with social services, guidance, and hope to local families and individuals in need. We listen to people’s problems, help them develop an action plan, and walk with them on their journey to sufficiency. We also refer them to other organizations that may be able to help. Our goal is to help people find sustainable solutions to end the cycle of poverty.

Please visit https://www.bsfrc.org/donate to see how you can help families in the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek community.