Food for Families Program

Food for Families Program

The Belleville Diocese Food for Families Program will again be held during the Lenten season.

The results of past Food for Families collections have been very positive.  Our joint efforts are particularly important again this year as the requests for assistance continue to increase due to the lingering effects of COVID.  Once more the cooperation and support of all of us in providing both financial and food donations is the key to the success of our program.

I invite all clergy, religious, people of our parishes and institutions, students of our elementary and secondary schools, youth and students of our PSR and diocesan youth programs, and all fraternal and charitable organizations in our diocese to wholeheartedly support this much-needed cause.  I also encourage you to invite other religious, fraternal, and civic organizations in your communities to join us in this most worthwhile program.

As you know, all food items and money collected are distributed within the 28 counties of southern Illinois which comprise our Belleville Diocese and people of all faiths continue to benefit from Food for Families. Perhaps you might ask the religion editor of your local newspaper and other media in your area to advertise this ecumenical Food for Families Program as they are able.

Enclosed is a list of sites around the diocese to which food items can be delivered as well as a listing of recommended foods.  Please reprint in your parish bulletin the food item list as well as the sites where these items may be delivered.  All other institutions and organizations are asked to use similar means to distribute this information to their people.  For our parishes, I leave it to your discretion if you wish to take up a special collection during Lent to support this program.

To assist you in your planning to collect the food and cash donations, I would like to offer the following information:

-If you cannot personally deliver the collected food items, call or write Daystar Community Program or Catholic Urban Programs (phone numbers and addresses are listed on the attached sheet).

-If your parish has an operating food program or a St. Vincent de Paul Conference, you may keep 50% of any monies collected.  The remaining 50% should be forwarded to the Chancery as soon as possible after Easter Sunday.

-If your parish does not have an operating food program, you may keep 25% of monies collected to distribute to the needy.  The remaining 75% should be forwarded to the Chancery.

Please make checks payable to “Catholic Diocese of Belleville”, indicating “Food for Families” in the lower, left-hand corner of the check and send to:

                                                Food for Families Program

                                                Catholic Diocese of Belleville

                                                222 South Third Street

                                                Belleville, Illinois  62220-1985

Please accept my deepest thanks for your cooperation and support of this most needed and worthy Lenten program again this year.

Food for Families Delivery Sites

Office of Education                                                    Holy Childhood of Jesus Church

Catholic Pastoral Center                                            104 North Independence Street

2620 Lebanon Avenue-Bldg. 6                                  Mascoutah, Illinois  62258

Belleville, Illinois 62221                                            566-2958

235-9601, Ext. 1142                                                  

Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                  St. Francis Xavier Church

Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon                                       303 South Poplar Street

                                                                                   Carbondale, Illinois  62901

Chancery Office                                                         457-4556

222 South Third Street          

Belleville, Illinois  62220                                           St. Boniface Church

277-8181, Ext. 1021                                                   402 Munster Street

Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                  Germantown, Illinois  62245

Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon                                       523-4271

St. Joseph Rectory                                                     Catholic Urban Programs

506 West Main Street                                                 #7 Vieux Carre Drive

Benton, Illinois  62812                                               East St. Louis, Illinois  62203

438-9941                                                                     398-5616

St. Mary the Immaculate Conception                       Our Lady of Lourdes Church

1550 Main Street                                                        611 West Broadway

Mount Vernon, Illinois  62864                                   Sparta, Illinois  62286

244-1559                                                                     443-2811

St. Teresa of the Child Jesus                                      St. Joseph Church

1201 Lebanon Avenue                                                901 North Alton

Belleville, Illinois  62221                                           Lebanon, Illinois  62254

233-3500                                                                     537-2575

Cathedral of St. Peter                                                Daystar Community Program

c/o St. Vincent de Paul Society                                  909 Washington Avenue

200 West Harrison Street                                           Cairo, Illinois  62914

Belleville, Illinois  62220                                           734-0178


Food for Families Suggested Canned and Other Food Items Needed

Canned Meats/Fish                                                  Dry Package Items

Canned Meats                                                            Instant Mashed Potatoes

Canned Chicken                                                         Pancake Mix (complete)

Canned Beef Stews                                                     Bisquick/Baking Mix

Canned Ravioli; Spaghetti/Meatballs                        Breakfast Cereals

Canned Chicken and Dumplings                                Cornbread Mix

Canned Soups and Chili                                             Dried Beans (Navy, Pinto, etc.)

Canned Tuna, Salmon and Sardines                          Rice

Canned Fruits and Vegetables                                Macaroni

Canned Fruit and Applesauce                                    Noodles/Pasta of any type

Canned Peas                                                               Spaghetti

Canned Corn                                                               Macaroni and Cheese

Canned Mixed Vegetables                                         Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat

Canned Tomatoes                                                       Graham Crackers

Canned Green Beans                                                  Saltine Crackers

Canned Beets                                                              Milk (powdered or canned)

Canned Carrots                                                           Staples

Canned Pork and Beans                                              Sugar

Canned Whole White Potatoes                                  Flour

Canned Sweet Potatoes                                              Coffee (ground and instant)

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