Springfield Catholic Charities announces changes to operation of St. John's Breadline, Holy Family Food Pantry

Posted on March 18, 2020

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Catholic Charities continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and would like to offer the public the following announcements on how normal operations will change over the upcoming days to assist in minimizing the spread of this infectious disease. Please keep in mind this is a fluid situation, and more updates may be forthcoming.

Catholic Charities St. John's Breadline
Catholic Charities St. John's Breadline will be complying with directives from the Governor's Office mandating all restaurants close. Starting today, the following changes will be made effective to the St. John's Breadline:

• Starting Wednesday, March 18, and until further notice, the St. John's Breadline is serving one meal daily, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. out the door.

• As an added precaution, the St. John's Breadline will be operating on a staff-only structure. We are asking volunteers stay home during this precautionary time.

• The Breadline will continue to accept all food donations, particularly from restaurants affected by the shut-down. Food donations can be dropped off seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• The Breadline will incur additional costs for this mandate, but is committed to serving the most vulnerable in our community as we have done since 1928.

• Donations can be made to help offset additional costs.

Catholic Charities Holy Family Food Pantry

The Holy Family Food Pantry will continue to remain open during normal business hours of Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to distribute food to the community.

• The Holy Family Food Pantry has asked its senior volunteers to stay home, who are most susceptible to COVID-19.

• The food pantry will continue to accept nonperishable food donations Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

"Escape to Margaritaville" event

As you know, the CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

At this time, Catholic Charities has made the decision to postpone the Springfield Catholic Charities to a later, undetermined date.

The Springfield Advisory Board is determining how to move forward and we will be in touch with new information concerning the event as it becomes available.

If you purchased a ticket to our March 28th event, your ticket will be transferred to the new date. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Elaine Wright, Area Director, at wright_spfld@cc.dio.or or Laura Wolfe, Development Director, at wolfe@cc.dio.org.