Every morning St. John’s Food for the Poor Program volunteer cooks start cooking, preparing food in the large quantities to serve up to 700 hot nutritious meals. Donations of case-pack and bulk-size cans, jars and bags contribute to a more efficient and productive food operation. A donation of one 4-lb. can of tuna serves as many guests as ten 6-oz. cans, while reducing labor and packaging disposal.
Corporate and Foundation Opportunities
When corporations and foundations partner with St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, they can be assured it will benefit all who are involved in our nonprofit organization, especially those who need it the most. The efforts and generosity of our corporate and foundation partners is extraordinary, both in their giving and in their support of the personal involvement of their employee volunteers in our soup kitchen and food pantry.
Over 100 million pounds of edible food are thrown away each year by large retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, and farmers. Stop & Shop knows this and that’s why they are so generous in supporting St. John’s Food for the Poor Program.
When giving food and goods, the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996, protects donors “from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient,” except for cases of “gross negligence or intentional misconduct.”
Food and non-food items are always in critical need at the center, including toiletries for the homeless, plastic bags for take-home food and box lunches for the working poor, and pet food.