Welcome to The Saints' Pantry Food Bank!
Founded in 1981, the mission of The Saints’ Pantry is to provide food, on an emergency basis, to our neighbors in need, through the wise stewardship of God’s bounty.
Our distribution hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30am to 11:45 at 205 W Cota St. in Shelton, WA
The Saints' Pantry Food Bank is truly a community effort, made possible by our wonderful volunteers and donations from our neighbors and local churches, businesses, and service organizations. For over 30 years, the pantry has served over 12,000 families (comprised of 40,095 individuals), receiving 438,000+ pounds of food. Hunger in Mason County is a growing problem due to the high rate of unemployment, and every week an average of 153 new families sign up to begin receiving food. Your help is necessary to do the work we do in these continuing uncertain economic times.
"Whatsoever You Do For the Least of These My Brothers You Do Unto Me."
The backpack program started in 2011 to feed children on the weekends when the free/low cost breakfasts and lunches are not available. The program currently serves students in the Shelton, Pioneer, Southside, and Mary M. Knight school districts. The Food Bank provides on average 550 bags of food each week to our area schools.
Weekly Food Distribution
The Saints’ Pantry is open each Tuesday and Wednesday
from 9:30 to 11:45 for food distribution.
Simply come in to the food bank and tell us you need food. You will need to fill out a simple application one time, provide a drivers license if you have one. You may receive food once per week.
We ask that you bring your bags or box.
Our Community Partners are your neighbors
With so many hungry people, the Saints' Pantry needs community support and every year we see more evidence that Shelton is a community that cares. For the past 30 years, Shelton has faithfully and generously supported the food bank through donations of food and money from individuals, businesses, service organizations, churches, schools, and state and local government agencies. To all our wonderful community partners, we say thank you! With your ongoing support, we commit to continuing our mission of fighting hunger in our hometown. Here are some of our recent partners. As you can see, almost every month there's an event scheduled to help keep the shelves in the food bank stocked! (If we've left anyone out, please contact us so we can add your organization and thank you again for your support.)
The Saints' Pantry works with community organizations as much as possible. One service we provide is a literature rack at the Food Bank so our clients can learn more about services available from local agencies including Sound Learning Literacy & GED Programs, Turning Pointe, and the Crime Victims Advocacy Network. WIC provides information on subjects including immunizations, health plans and dental care, Washington Connection has a large portal site with information on a variety of services available through DSHS, and Community Action Council provides information on housing, help with phone and electric bills, dental program, senior services, etc.
Main suppliers provide the bulk of the food for The Saints' Pantry:
WSU Extension Program
Empty Bowls Fundraiser
Every April since 2005, the Shelton Arts Commission has organized a community fund-raiser for The Saints' Pantry. Empty Bowls is a three-night creative event to sculpt, glaze, fire your bowl. A popular free event which includes materials and instruction. On the final night, bowls are on display and available to be taken home for a $10.00 donation to The Saints' Pantry. Soup provided by local chefs.
U.S. Postal Service
Every March, the U.S. Postal Service organizes our biggest food drive. They collected over 6,000 pounds of food donations last year.
Every summer Washington State University Master Gardeners volunteer their time to grow, harvest and deliver fresh vegetables to The Saints' Pantry, working at Catalyst Park Community Garden in Shelton.
Mason County Public Hospital District No. 1
Every May the Mason County Public Hospital District No. 1 collects more than 500 pounds of food to share with the clients at The Saints' Pantry.
Lori Morgan, AAMS, financial adviser at Edward Jones, organizes a food drive during the Christmas season.