“For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in…then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?’…and the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:35-40
Saint Alban’s Food Bank began in the mid 1980s. Our mission has been not only to provide physical nourishment, but also to provide spiritual and emotional support. Many programs exist in Allen County to help those in any kind of need and we try to make available brochures and information for clients needing services other than food.
St. Alban’s Food Bank is one of 28 in the Associated Churches system. Each food bank serves residents in specifically designated areas of Allen County, our boundaries being Notestine Road (N), Schwartz Rd (E), St. Joe Center Road (S) and the St. Joe River (W). Within this district, St. Alban’s has provided food for approximately 400 families (1,300 individuals) per year. That is over 20,000 meals a year; a much needed ministry indeed!
Our goal is to serve a 3-5 day supply of food to each client every month. Along with meals, we also provide many different cleaning supplies and personal toiletries. We are open from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. In the area, nine other food pantries, not part of the Associated Churches system, exist for customers to fulfill the rest of their monthly needs.
The Associated Churches Food Bank in downtown Fort Wayne is our primary source for food, providing half of our monthly supply. Associated Churches in turn receives their food solely from donations from local businesses, churches and individuals. The rest of our dry goods come from generous donations by members of our congregation and local church food drives, as well as from individuals in the community who provide monetary donations throughout the year.