Several years ago my family was going through a very hard time. We struggled to make ends meet, as many did and had trouble affording groceries. We had kids to feed, we can’t go without food! When you trying to make a decision between food or electricity, it’s time to ask for help. I went to see if we could get assistance with food stamps and found out we made $100 too much to qualify. Really?! I was lost and felt helpless.
I heard about St. Felix Pantry, located at 4020 Barbara Loop SE in Rio Rancho, NM and decided I would give it a try to see if they would be able to help. The Sisters there welcomed me with open arms and helped our family immensely. I bought a box (as I had been instructed to do) and they over-filled it with canned goods, fruits, vegetables and bread. I was so surprised. They didn’t question how much money we made or anything. They said if we needed the help, that’s what they were there for. We used the service for a short amount of time, but they helped us so much. It took the stress off of the family until we could get back above water.
About St. Felix Pantry
St. Felix Pantry is a nonprofit, charitable organization that began in 1992. Free of charge, they provide food, clothing, household items and referral services. More than anything else, they offer respect and compassion.
Due to the loss of jobs, rise in food and gas prices along with cutbacks in welfare and healthcare, the need for these services has grown. The Pantry provides groceries to approximately 200,000 individuals each year! That is the equivalent of 2 million meals!
They need your help!
I was able to meet with Manuel Casias, Vice President of Development. He took me on a tour of the facility. There is a LOT that goes into providing this much needed service in our community. When you visit you will see lots of volunteers in the front, but you don’t see how many are behinds the scenes to make sure the food is ready for everyone.
St. Felix Pantry wants to continue to offer the groceries and clothing bank for those in need, but they need your help! By donating to St. Felix Pantry (which is a 501(c)3, so it is a tax write off) you will help those in the community that may not be able to get assistance other places. It might be your neighbor, your friend, your cousin. There are many people that need that little bit of help. There are many kids that may not otherwise have food for dinner.
Donations are always welcome! You can donate by visiting the website or contacting Manuel at 505.994.1857 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to volunteer?
They can always use help throughout the Pantry! It takes a lot of people to sort, unload, store and distribute the food along with recycling, assisting clients with carry-out, filling special needs boxes, filing, and sorting, arranging and distributing clothing! Visit the website for volunteer information!
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am simply sharing information for a helpful program in our community. All ideas and opinions expressed are 100% my own.