Outreach at St. Barnabas
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me,
I was in prison and you came to me.
Matthew 25 : 35-36
St. Barnabas has a long established commitment to community outreach. In 2019 the Outreach Commission was developed to support the ministries our parishioners feel most align with the mission of our parish. Feeding the hungry has been our signature ministry for some years. Our mission in 2021 will include continued support of the Saturday Food Bag Program, started in response to the pandemic and accompanying economic struggles, and continued support of Portland Rescue Mission and Shepherd's Door.
Please contact the church office if you have an organization or idea you would like to propose to the Outreach Commission. We are grateful to all those who contribute and volunteer to help others.
Saturday Food Bag Program
Anyone who is in need of food may come to St. Barnabas church on Saturday between Noon and 1:30 pm. There are no requirements to receive food. You do not need to be a member of our church (although we would be happy to welcome you). You do not need to apply, provide proof of financial need, citizenship or residence. We are happy to help you no matter who you are.
We are running a market style food pantry, which means that you can choose your own food and hygiene products. We can provide you with enough to feed a typical family of 4 for about 3 days. Although we cannot guarantee the exact food and other products we can provide each week, there will be an assortment of food staples, cleaning and hygiene products.
We can also provide food for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other special diets – please just ask for what you need.
If you have not yet been vaccinated, we request that you wear a face mask and remain 6 feet apart from other customers and volunteers. If you do not have a face mask, please ask us for one. At this time, customers are not allowed inside of the building. If you need help carrying the food to your car, please let us know.
We look forward to meeting you!
Want To Help?
We have a strong volunteer group committed to ensuring our neighbors have access to good, quality, fresh food throughout this pandemic and the related economic downturn. There are many ways you can help out!
Since we buy in bulk, we can typically buy more per dollar than private individuals can. Therefore we ask you to consider giving simple cash. Donation checks can be mailed to the church, or you can donate online (please select the "Community Dinner" fund.
We accept fresh fruit & vegetables, as well as baked goods, dry goods, cleaning and hygiene products. We do not accept expired or homemade products. Please bring food donations to Grafe Hall (the building closest to Vermont Street) between 10:30 and 11:30 any Saturday, or call the church to make other arrangements for drop-off.
We have a wide range of volunteer positions that include shopping, picking up donations, filling bags, handing out bags, dividing up bulk foods, reaching out to local businesses for support, helping to advertise our services, etc.
Some jobs require working in a building with a limited number of other volunteers, and other jobs can be done remotely.
All volunteers must follow Covid safety protocols when on site.
Thank You To Our Donors
Portland Rescue Mission
St. Barnabas supports the Portland Rescue Mission by volunteering to serve meals at the Burnside Mission on a regular basis. This activity was halted during the Covid pandemic, but will restart again as services begin to reopen.
In addition to volunteering, the parish supports the Portland Rescue Mission throughout the year by collecting needed supplies such as coats, blankets, and hats.
Shepherd's Door is a residential program for women and their children managed by Portland Rescue Mission. We support the program by planning, preparing and serving dinner to the residents every other month. In addition, volunteers may offer craft activities for the children. As women graduate from the year-long program, we provide graduation gifts to help them transition to life on their own.