St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry is open on Mondays from 9:00AM to 12:00PM and on Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact the First District Catholic Aid Society. You can reach them at 240-925-9354.
St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable food items and hygiene products. If you would like to make a monetary donation, we ask that you please make a donation to the First District Catholic Aid Society, the Poor Fund, or Social Concerns. The money donated to these funds go to families in need of financial aid. Click Here to Give Online
Food Pantry Items Needed:
Hygiene Products -toilet paper, paper towels, disposable razors, toothpaste, bars of soap, deodorant.
Canned Meats –tuna, sardines, canned beef hash, beef stew, spam, chicken breast, chili, etc.
Fruit –applesauce, peaches, fruit cocktail, etc.
Soup –chicken noodle, vegetable soup, etc.
Vegetables –peas, sliced/whole potatoes, greens (collards, spinach), baked beans. Please, no mustard greens.
Canned Pasta–ravioli, spaghettios, beef-a-roni, etc.
Miscellaneous – mustard (20oz), ketchup (24oz), mayonnaise (15oz), salt, vegetable oil, cereal, oatmeal, grits, peanut, butter, jelly, complete pancake mix, syrup, stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, pork and beans.
The First District Catholic Aid Society
The First District Catholic Aid Society helps clients in the first district of St. Mary’s County and parishioners in need from St. Michael’s, St. Peter Claver, and St. Cecilia’s. There are four ways to donate: Drop off a check made out to FDCAS at the church rectory, send a check by mail to First District Catholic Aid Society, P.O. Box 429, Ridge, MD 20680, make a donation online by selecting First District Catholic Aid Society fund (Click Here to Give Online) or put cash in one of the special envelopes located in the church narthex and fill out the donation information slip to receive an end of the year tax statement for your charitable contribution. If you have any questions or wish to become a volunteer with this organization, please call the First District Catholic Aid Society 240-925-9354.
Recipients from the monthly Poor Fund
FOOD PANTRY: Operates out of the church twice a week and supports those who are in need from Lexington Park to Point Lookout.
THREE OAKS: Money is used for food, medications and rent. We also have volunteers who prepare a meal each month for 20-25 residents.
HOSPICE OF ST MARY’S: Room and board are not covered by Medicare or Insurance. The funds are used for room and board for those that can’t afford to pay.
PASTORAL COUNSELING CENTER OF ST MARY’S: Their clients are mostly the same clients who use the Food Pantry. They receive one on one counseling. This organization gets no United Way Contributions and they are dependent on our donation.
HEALTH SHARE OF ST MARY’S COUNTY: Their focus is on dental care but they also provide funds for copay for prescriptions, medical supplies, and health care. This is a joint effort by physicians, MedStar, the Health Department and the Department of Social Services. They have no paid staff.