The people of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Community manifest an extraordinary sense of community in their outreach to all. As part of this ministry a food pantry was established in the fall of 1995 and continued for many years. While there is not a week that goes by without urgent requests for food, St Charles Parish has decided to join forces with our sister parish St. Joseph in the heart of Pittsfield. We no longer run a pantry ourselves.
At the beginning of each month, we ask parishioners to pick up a brown bag, fill the bag with groceries and return it the following Sunday. Our parish volunteers help pack up the bags and deliver them each month to the St. Joseph Food Pantry.
In general, the needs include paper goods such as toilet tissue, paper towels, shampoo, shaving cream, non-perishable food items (e.g. crackers, tuna fish, beans, etc.), as well as perishable food (e.g. potatoes, bread, etc.). Any item is always appreciated.
Our parish logo incorporates the verse from Jeremiah, “a people of God’s own”. This represents the all-encompassing compassion and ministry of the people of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Community to all those in need.
Our next Brown Bag Return Weekend is May 13-14!