Saint Patrick Community Outreach, Inc. http://www.stpatcomemphis.org/ strives to reach out to our neighbors in the Vance Avenue Community as well as the larger urban Memphis area by feeding the hungry, providing nutrition education and supporting the development of the individual.
WHO ARE WE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Fr. Patrick Gallagher, Chairman
Anne Stubblefield, Vice-Chairman
Rose Brooks, Secretary
Eddie Ramsey, Treasurer
Rev. Josh Hatcher, Trinity Lutheran
Deacon Eugene Champion, Executive Director
FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAMS
Food Pantry. Saint Patrick Community Outreach, Inc. (StPatCO) works with other churches and the Memphis Food Bank to provide healthy food to those families who are prescreened and referred by MIFA. The Food Pantry served hundreds of needy families during 2011. The Food Pantry is staffed the Director of StPatCO and a team of volunteers. Hours of operation are Tues.-Fri.,1:00 until 3:00 p.m.
Soup on Sunday. The Soup on Sunday Program provides a hot cup of soup, home made cornbread, and a beverage to the hungry and homeless each Sunday, except the Fourth Sunday. Approximately 185 meals are provided to the hungry and the homeless on these Sundays between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
More Than A Meal. On the 4th Sunday of each month between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. over 160 men, women and children from the Vance Avenue Neighborhood are invited to sit down to a hot meal consisting of a meat, two vegetables, bread, a beverage and desert. Guests are invited to share their prayer intentions which are then read during the meal. A diverse group of volunteers from the Memphis Metropolitan area have acted as cooks and servers in this program.
Common Ground Garden. StPatCO provides the land and oversight for the garden located at 276 S. Lauderdale. Approximately 6 families participate in and benefit from the garden. Volunteers from the community, schools and churches have helped with garden activities. Grow Memphis provides guidance and helps with plant materials. During the summer, pickling and canning classes take place for the community at the StPatCO Center. A recent collaboration with JIFF (Juvenile Intervention in a Faith-based Follow=up) has resulted in additional educational opportunities for their clients as well as providing some organic herbs and vegetables for their cooking classes.
The Green Machine. Modeled after Chicago’s Fresh Moves mobile markets, our mobile food market utilizes a retired MATA bus to bring fresh fruits, vegetables and other staples to the food deserts of Memphis. The bus is scheduled to roll out in May, 2013, operating 5 days a week and making three stops per day. This program came out of the planning efforts of the Vance Avenue Collaborative. The University of Memphis, Department of City and Regional Planning has provided planning services and manpower to make this concept a reality. Saint Patrick Community Outreach, Inc. will administer the operation of The Green Machine.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND ADVOCACY
Vance Avenue Collaborative. StPatCO continues to be an active member of the neighborhood collaborative by hosting meetings, attending community planning meetings, interviewing residents and agency representatives and providing volunteers for neighborhood clean-ups, and other activities such as the annual Spring Festival in Foote Homes Park. Spring Festival. The fifth annual Spring Festival in Foote Homes Park took place inApril, 20123 StPatCO takes the lead in planning and organizing the annual festival along with the Vance Avenue Collaborative and volunteers from area colleges,universities, high schools, and churches. The components of the festival include a Health Fair, a Literacy Fair with free books for children, Arts and Crafts, Children’s Games, a Community Services/Churches Fair, Entertainment, Door Prizes, and a free Cook Out sponsored by the Saint Patrick Soup on Sunday ministry.
Social Services and Education Social Services. A social worker and an intern from the School of Social Work at the University of Memphis provide counseling and assistance to the homeless and the needy coming through our various food programs.
SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION.
StPatCO hosts various educational programs for area residents and children: The after school program of Saint Patrick Jubilee School of which 80% of the students receive tuition assistance; a computer lab made available to the school children; Camp Love and Learn, a summer program sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Memphis; and food preservation and nutrition classes.