St. John’s Food for the Poor Program respects the privacy of our donors, volunteers, vendors, agencies, clients, employees and website visitors. This Privacy Policy discloses practices followed by us in order to protect the privacy of your personal information that is collected by the program.

In the course of donating to, volunteering for, accepting the services of, or doing business with the program, you may be asked to provide your name, e-mail address, postal address, telephone number, fax number, credit card information as well as other data required by government regulations. We collect only the specific information that is necessary, and which you provide voluntarily, as a condition of your transaction with the program.

This “personally identifiable information” becomes the property of the program and is maintained in secure files for retention periods stipulated by our Finance and Audit Policy and/or is destroyed in such a manner as to prevent its unauthorized and illegal use. The program’s personnel who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy.

WE DO NOT SELL, RENT, OR SHARE PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION WITH ANY THIRD PARTY except as specifically required by the transaction for which it was provided voluntarily to St. John’s Food for the Poor Program.

We may use personally identifiable information: (a) to facilitate the transaction for which it was provided; (b) to respond to your inquiries or questions about our services and transactions; (c) for internal marketing purposes and as part of our donor database; (d) to provide you with additional and updated information, materials and other advertisements regarding our services; (e) to cooperate with government officials or parties in litigation under process of law, or as otherwise required by law; and/or (f) to protect the integrity and safety of our organization and its donors, volunteers, vendors, agencies, clients, employees, and website visitors.

St. John’s Food for the Poor Program also collects certain “non-personally identifiable information” when you visit our web site (http://stjohnsfoodforthepoor.org/), such as your browser program, your computer’s operating system, the domain name of your Internet service provider (but not your user name or e-mail address) and aggregate data about the number of visits to the web site, average time spent on the site and pages viewed. The program uses this information for internal review only in an effort to measure site usage and improve site content. This information is never shared with other organizations for commercial or charitable purposes.

In addition, St. John’s Food for the Poor Program does not use “cookies,” which are very small data files that are stored on your computer’s hard drive and are used to enable specific browsing features. These files do not contain, nor do they reveal, any personally identifiable information. Nevertheless, “cookies” have caused concern about the privacy of Internet browsing and the program chooses not to use them.

St. John’s Food for the Poor Program protects your online donation information by using online security technology provided by Donorbox, an acknowledged leader in online non-profit payment transactions. The donor is directed by hyperlink from our website to Donorbox, where the donation transaction is processed. 

The technology employed by Donorbox encrypts your data to avoid the decoding of information by anyone other than Donorbox. This technology is considered highly effective. Nevertheless, such security measures may not prevent all loss, misuse, or alteration of personal information provided by you in the transaction. St. John’s Food for the Poor Program IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGES OR LIABILITIES RELATING TO ANY ONLINE TRANSACTION SECURITY FAILURES.

If you provide personally identifiable information to the program by e-mail, please be aware that normal e-mail is not encrypted. E-mail and other electronic communications may be accessed by unauthorized third parties when sent over the Internet. If you include personally identifiable information in an e-mail to the program, you authorize us to respond to you with an unencrypted e-mail message that may contain the same or other private information about you or your request.


Our website contains links to other websites that may be of interest to our visitors.

St. John’s Food for the Poor Program receives no income, reimbursement, or any other consideration for providing these links. While we strive to link only to web sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, the program is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of these other web sites.

St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to update, revise, supplement and to otherwise modify this Privacy Policy. Changes will be effective immediately and incorporated into this Privacy Policy upon notice thereof which may be given by any reasonable means including by prompt posting to our website www.stjohnsfoodforthepoor.org. Information received prior to a policy change will be protected by the version that was in place when the information was received.

By voluntarily providing personal information in the course of donating to, volunteering for, accepting the services of, or doing business with St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, and by using our web site, you consent to our collection, storage, and use of your personal information according to the Privacy Policy that is in effect at that time.

Please send your questions or comments about this Privacy Policy by email to info@stjohnsfoodforthepoor.org or mail St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, St, Francis Xavier Center, 44 Temple Street, Worcester, MA 01604 or by calling St. John’s Rectory at 508-756-7165.