Food Pantry

Current Food Pantry Needs

Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry Shelves

Here are our current (July 28, 2019) URGENT need items (in order of importance):

  • mayonnaise and ketchup
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • cleaning products (dish detergent, toilet bowl cleaner, cleanser, window cleaner, etc.)
  • personal hygiene items (toothpaste, bar soap, deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream, etc.)

Hope Gardens

We've begun a joint community garden with Holy Innocents, West Orange.  The plan is that some of the produce grown in Hope Gardens will be given out monthly at our Food Pantry.  If you would like to volunteer to help with regular gardening tasks or plan for the expansion, please email Catherine Tamasik.

The Story of our Food Pantry

Our long time dream has become a reality. Led by the Outreach Committee, our congregation has always participated in activities to help those in need, but longed for a way to help those in our community directly.

In May 2015, our parishioner, Cardie Mortimer, generously donated the funds to  renovate our kitchen in honor of his parents, Charles and Elisabeth Mortimer. The kitchen was dedicated in October and now includes a food pantry to store goods for those in need.

Verona Fights Hunger Week

Sunday, October 20 to Saturday, October 26

The Verona Juniors Women's group is sponsoring their sixth annual Verona Fights Hunger Week from October 20 - 26, 2018.  Various locations around town are set up as donation drops.  The Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry will be one of the two recipients of this years donations.  Thank you Verona Juniors!

Fabulous Fish (or Chicken) Fry - Proceeds Benefit Food Pantry

Friday, April 3

On Friday, April 3 from 5:30-7pm, Holy Spirit Verona will host a Fish (or Chicken) and Chips Dinner (prepared by Argyle Restaurant of Kearny) with the proceeds to benefit the Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry.  For reservations email or call (973) 239-2850.

Lenten Opportunities 2019

lent journey

Let us walk with you this Lent!  Take advantage of our many opportunities to do something more this Season:

Sundays (March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & April 7, 14) - Kitchen Conversations using "5 Marks of Love" at 11:30am.

Wednesday Multi-Church Eucharist  at 7pm - March 20 and April 10 at Holy Spirit Verona.  At St. Peter's Essex Fells or St. Peter's Livingston other weeks; see full schedule for details. 

Lent Box 2019 Fliers

These two fliers can be printed on purple paper and taped to your Lent Box as a reminder to collect 40 items over the 40 days of Lent for the Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry.  Thanks for participating!

Food Pantry Committee Meeting

Sunday, June 23

Our Loaves & Fishes (L&F) Committee will meet on Sunday, June 23 after Coffee Hour (11:45am-ish) to discuss our Food Pantry and plans for future fund raising opportunies.

Please gather in the kitchen on the lower level around 11:45am to help continue this life-giving Holy Spirit Verona ministry.

"Lent: 40 Days, 40 Items" Food Drive

Do something special this Lent: help fight hunger one day at a time!  Place one non-perishable food or toiletry item into a box each day during Lent (40 days = 40 items).  Return the box and its contents to Holy Spirit Verona by Palm Sunday, April 14.  If you would like to pick up a box, email us to make arrangements, or download two flyers to make your own box.

Pancake Supper

Tuesday, March 5
pancake supper

An annual parish event, the Pancake Supper, is an opportunity for some fun and fellowship (and pancakes) on the eve before the Season of Lent begins.  Join us on Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30pm.  Bring your appetite!  $12 adult / $7 children ages 6-12; under age six is free.  Receive a $2 discount on either if you bring a box of pancake mix or a bottle of syrup for our Food Pantry.


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