“Helping Hands” Food Pantry

 The Helping Hands food pantry, located in Old St. Patrick Church (on the corner of Adams & Main Streets) offers food assistance to those living within the 44090 zip code.  Normal hours of operation are:

♦ The THIRD Saturday of each month: Noon-3 PM
♦ The Tuesday following the 3rd Saturday: 6-8 PM

 

 

 

Helping Hands FAQ

1. What are Helping Hands hours of operation?

Helping Hands is open:

  • The third Saturday of each month from Noon-3PM, and;
  • The Tuesday following the third Saturday from 6-8PM.
2. Who is eligible to receive assistance from the Helping Hands food pantry?
  • Clients must have a 44090 mailing address, proof of which must be brought with you, OR (if living outside 44090) must be a REGISTER PARISHIONER of St. Patrick Church, and;
  • Clients will be required to complete and sign the "Ohio Department of Job and Family Services" eligibility form (JFS-04221).   You may view this form by clicking here; it'll open as a PDF file in another window.
3. What if I live outside the 44090 zip code?

Other area food pantries include:

  • Well-Help, Inc
    127 Park Place
    Wellington, OH  44090
    440-647-2689
    hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-11:45am
  • Oberlin Community Services
    285 S. Professor
    Oberlin, OH  44074
    440-774-6579
    Oberlin Community Services is a food pantry. Serves Oberlin, Wellington, Brighton, Camden, Carlisle, Huntington, Kipton, LaGrange, New Russia, Penfield, Pittsfield, and RochesterFood pantry service hours: 2nd Sat: 10:30am-1pm; M-F: 9-11:30am; 1-4:30pm. .
  • Our Lady Help of Christians
    9608 Norwalk Rd.
    Litchfield, OH 44253
    330-722-1180
    Our Lady Help of Christians is a food pantry serving residents of Chippewa Lake Village, Chippewa on the Lake, Creston Village, Litchfield Twp., Lodi Village, Seville Village, Spencer Twp., Spencer Village, Grafton and Wellington.. Amount given may vary depending on size of family and availability.
  • Click here to do an online search for other foodbanks in Ohio
4. Why does Helping Hands limit itself to those living within the 44090 zip code?

Simply put: limited space.

Our facility at Old St. Patrick Church (on the corner of Adams and Main Streets) offers only a limited amount of storage.  Because our ability to store food is insufficient to accommodate the needs of a vast area, it is necessary that we constrict the territory which we serve.

5. How can I donate to the Helping Hands food pantry?

The Helping Hands food pantry can use both financial as well as food donations.  The following is a list of staple food items that are regularly distributed by the food pantry (click to enlarge):

Financial contributions should be made payable to: St Patrick Church and on the memo line please write HELPING HANDS.  Mail to:

St. Patrick Church
ATTN: Helping Hands Food Pantry
512 N. Main Street
Wellington, OH  44090

 

6. How can I get actively involved with the Helping Hands food pantry?

A food pantry requires many volunteers, each of whom helps in one aspect of the pantry.  Constant monitoring of inventory, as well as acquisition of needed items, is an ongoing task.  The larger the number of volunteers, the easier everyone's job becomes.

Darlene coordinates all aspects of volunteer involvement in the Helping Hands food pantry. You may email her at helpinghands  at stpatrickwellington.com; you may also leave a voicemail at 440.647.4375 x53

7. What’s the Helping Hands Food Pantry look like?

The Helping Hands food pantry is located in the lower level of Old St. Patrick Church (510 N. Main Street - northeast corner of Adams & Main Streets):

Prior to our initial opening, shelves were sparsely populated:

Thanks to the extreme generosity of St. Patrick Parishioners, this is how the Helping Hands Food Pantry looked at our grand opening on 17 February 2018!