People who need help putting food on their tables may visit the Food Pantry twice a month. Those with greater need can make arrangements to visit more often.
The pantry is well stocked and organized with non-perishable food including soup, cereal, canned goods, pasta, canned tuna, frozen meat, fruit and peanut butter. Baby food, formula and diapers are also available. Fresh produce from local farms is available during the summer months. We currently serve nearly 400 registered households.
Anyone can visit our Food Pantry, but to become a member one must register and show proof of a local address. Members receive an ID card that logs their participation and provides access to all our services.
The Food Pantry is located at 168 Hill Street on the grounds of the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary R.C. Church in Southampton Village. We are open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 12 noon (except major holidays). Our three employees and a dedicated group of volunteers are there to unpack boxes, stock shelves, pack up the grocery bags and assist clients in making selections. Clients receive food through the “client choice” method of distribution.
In December registered Food Pantry clients receive a turkey, fresh fruit, vegetables and the trimmings for a holiday meal as well as a toy and clothing for each child in the family. We use the client choice method of distribution for our Star Program.
Our pantry is supported by a number of generous donations from local businesses, civic groups, community food drives and private donations. One donor makes an annual gift to purchase frozen meat. Another pays to provide potatoes and fresh produce from local farms from the Spring through the Fall. Local businesses including Tate’s Bake Shop and The Blue Duck Bakery donate day-old bread and cookies. Local Civic organizations including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, the Southampton Village Police Benevolent Association, Southampton Montessori School, The Children’s School, Our Lady of the Hamptons School and the Southampton Rotary Club conduct annual food drives that bring us hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food.
The Southampton Intermediate School’s annual Run Against Hunger supports our pantry each year. Students solicit donations from friends and family to participate in an annual field day and run. By supporting these students, you help HOH fight hunger in our community.
Donations to our annual outreach known as the STAR program help us make the holidays brighter for those in need. Volunteers make sure each of our registered clients receive a turkey and trimmings, toys and new clothing.
During the summer months HOH provides extra food supplies for local school-age children whose families qualify for subsidized lunch in the public schools. Your donation can help ensure that children in our community continue to receive a nutritious meal each day when school is not in session.
Volunteers are always welcome in the Food Pantry. We need help stocking shelves, packing bags and assisting clients with food selection. You can also help us by participating in or donating to our annual fundraising efforts.