St. Mary’s Outreach includes several programs.
Food Pantry – Mondays 4:30 PM – 6 PM
St. Mary’ s Client Choice Food Pantry, staffed by church and community volunteers, serves 50 to 60 family units every Monday from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. People may select enough items for three days from various food groups, using a point system based on the number of family members. Those who use the pantry are under-employed, unemployed, or unable to work. They may visit the pantry once a month.
Each week from June to November we offer three fresh vegetables from an upstate farm, through cooperation with Just Food and the United Way. Clients can sample unfamiliar produce, and a trained community volunteer, who is bi-lingual, does regular cooking demonstrations.
Last year the pantry provided more than 35,000 meals to people of all ages, one-fourth children and one-fourth elderly.
Saturday Outreach – 11 AM
The Outreach Soup Kitchen serves 80 to 90 homeless individuals each Saturday afternoon. Teams of volunteers prepare bag lunches, including hot soup in the winter, and take them to people on the streets and in parks in Harlem. Volunteers and homeless neighbors become acquainted with each other, and information is shared about resources and services in the area.
Free Health Clinic – Tuesdays 5 PM
There is free dental and medical clinic at St. Mary’ s on Tuesday evenings. Medical and dental students under the supervision of a physician and dentist, perform physical exams, write prescriptions, and provide information about health resources.
Movie Night – Fridays 6 PM – 8 PM
Free showing of box office hits and movie favorites , complete with popcorn, every Friday night. All ages welcome.