June 11, 2010

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul is seeking assistance for peak of planting season

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at 3001 E. 30th St. in Indianapolis serves more than 3,000 needy households each week using an all-volunteer staff.

As we approach the peak of planting season for residential gardeners, pantry volunteers would like to invite the community to assist us in providing much-needed fresh produce to pantry clients. There are two ways to get involved.

First, if you have a vegetable garden on your property, consider expanding your plot and plant a row for the hungry.

That is, plant a bit more than you need and donate any excess to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry for distribution. We ask that vegetables be packaged for more equitable distribution, for example, in one-gallon sealed plastic bags. Donations are accepted at the pantry on Monday through Saturday morning.

A second option is to volunteer to help with an on-site vegetable garden. In partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, a vegetable garden has been developed on St. Vincent de Paul’s East 30th Street property.

Our plan is to grow fresh vegetables that can be distributed to pantry clients and, longer term, possibly teach clients how to grow their own vegetables if they have a small plot at their residence. We need help with planning, tilling, planting, weeding and harvesting.

If you are interested in either of these opportunities or have questions, call

317-924-5769, ext. 138, visit www.SVDPindy.org or send an e-mail to Info@SVDPindy.org.

- Don Striegel, Pantry Volunteer Coordinator, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Indianapolis


St. Paul Ladies Sodality offers heartfelt thanks for support

St. Paul’s Ladies Sodality wishes to thank all the wonderful donors who contributed prizes and gift certificates, all the persons who worked, and those who came and supported our Spring Breakfast on Sunday, May 23.

Also, we wish to send special thanks to your newspaper for publicity. We are deeply grateful to all.

- St. Paul Ladies Sodality, New Alsace

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