Allegany Franciscan Ministries has awarded the St. Anne Community Outreach Food Pantry in Ruskin a Tau Grant of $10,000 in support of their service to the homeless and needy in the area. The Catholic Foundation was pleased to partner with and write this grant on behalf of St. Anne Catholic Church.

St. Anne’s Food Pantry has been in existence since 1993 and was originally established to meet the needs of the growing homeless and impoverished population in the surrounding communities. In that time, they have grown from occupying a small garage on the church property, serving 95 needy households, to a 4,000 square foot facility currently providing healthy food, milk, bread, fresh meat, fruit and ready-to-eat meals to more than 1,800 registered individuals each week. The Food Pantry also provides monthly blood pressure checks and healthcare counseling offered by a team of nurses who volunteer their time as well as personalized hygiene kits for their homeless clients.

Very Rev. Father John McEvoy, VF, St. Anne’s pastor commented, “Many of the homeless are afraid to emerge from the shadows. We are making a concerted effort to reach out to those in our area who are not currently coming to us for help. This grant from Allegany Franciscan Ministries will go a long way in helping us to grow the program with the confidence that we will be able to provide the food and supplies they need when they come to us.”

St. Anne Catholic Church and the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of St. Petersburg is most grateful to Allegany Franciscan Ministries for their most generous support of this important program. For more information about the programs and services offered by the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of St. Petersburg please visit, www.catholicfoundation.org.

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