Christmas Dinner 2010

Wednesday - December 1, 2010

You can help provide Christmas Dinner for people in need.
We will be serving dinner to about 300.
We will need extra volunteers to prep, serve and clean on this day.

Items Needed for Christmas Dinner
Roast Beeef
Cream of mushroom soup
Green Beans
Fresh Fruit
Fixings for salad (lettuce cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, carrots, etc.)
Ice Cream for dessert

Coffee creamers
Dawn dish detergent
Butter or Margarine
Paper products (plates, cups, napkins, toilet paper)
If you would like to donate please contact Betty at 860-889-7374
Thank you

St. Vincent de Paul Place | 10:38 AM

Books for Children

Tuesday - November 2, 2010

It is time to think about Christmas. We want to give each child in our pantry a new book for Christmas. (We will distribute used books in February) We will be collecting these books throughout November. The age range is 0 to 18. They can be on any topic.
We will give the books out during one week of pantry hours in December. Can you help us find 450 books? Can you help us organize and sort? Can you help distribute in December? There will be a special place in heaven for you “Smile”.

St. Vincent de Paul Place | 7:09 PM

Save the Date Oct. 3, 2010

Thursday - September 9, 2010

Annual Fall Fundraiser Luncheon
Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 11:00 A.M.
Please save the date for this event, and if you wish to help with the luncheon contact our office at 860-889-7374 or you can e-mail us at

St. Vincent de Paul Place | 8:52 AM

Sharing your garden bounty with Neighbors in Need

Wednesday - July 14, 2010


Of interest to editors and journalists covering: Hunger in America, Gardening, Sustainable Communities, Food Issues and Global Warming. Additional media information is available at


Excess garden produce usually left unharvested now being donated to neighborhood food pantries

Norwich, CT – May 24, 2010

St. Vincent de Paul Place is pleased to announce that it has joined the campaign - a nationwide effort to enable neighborhood food pantries to be easily located by local backyard gardeners wishing to share their excess garden bounty with neighbors in need.

Local food pantries usually receive their supplies from regional food banks, government programs and neighborhood donations. They generally do not include fresh produce because of distribution and storage issues leaving food pantry clients with access only to canned vegetables and fruit.

With one out of six American families now relying on pantries to help feed them, the pantries often have a hard time meeting the demand.

At the same time, millions of backyard gardeners across America frequently find that their vegetable and fruit gardens provide far more produce than they can possibly use or share with friends. The remainder is often either left to rot in the garden or put into the trash, which produces methane as it decomposes - a global warming gas.

Gardeners who want to share part of their harvest are often unable to find local pantries because they typically do not have a yellow page listing or an Internet presence.

To address this, the web site enables food pantries to register their name, phone, address, an optional photograph of the pantry to make it easier to find, and days and times they can accept the gardeners produce. Gardeners and other donors also have the option of using the AmpleHarvest iPhone app available as a free download from the Apple iTunes store.

Now that St. Vincent de Paul Place is a part of the campaign, area backyard gardeners will be able to quickly find the pantry using the personalized driving instructions available on the site. More than 1,700 food pantries participate nationwide.

According to founder, Gary Oppenheimer, “Two years ago, my own garden grew more produce than we could possibly use, and I quickly found that there are only so many cucumbers you can give to friends and still have them call you a friend. Our community garden also left a lot of produce to rot on the vines. When I searched on the Internet for pantries, the nearest one listed was 25 miles away even though my own town has five. That was when it became clear that was desperately needed”.

St. Vincent de Paul Place welcomes fresh produce donations for its patrons. Additionally, information will be posted from time to time by the pantry on the site, listing those store bought items that are in short supply at the pantry – this to enable anyone wishing to help their neighbors in need.

St. Vincent de Paul Place, Norwich was founded in 1979 to meet the basic needs of the region’s poor and homeless. This community service is a non-profit corporation affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich, CT. Families and individuals in need of food for the home receive the equivalent of fourteen thousand meals per month in a variety of grocery items from our Food Pantry. At our facility, we serve breakfast and a midday main meal six days weekly, having served over 81,000 hot meals this past calendar year. Our Care and Advocacy programs include counseling, and laundry appliances and a shower for patrons’ free use. With a Christian non-judgmental care we assist those who hunger physically and emotionally regardless of one’s gender, race or religion. While tending to the immediate needs of our poor, we strive to motivate our clients toward self-sufficiency and a better life.

About ( is a nationwide not-for-profit anti hunger effort which educates, encourages and enables home gardeners across America to share their excess garden produce with a local food pantry.

St. Vincent de Paul Place | 9:37 AM

We Need Personal Hygiene Items

Thursday - June 24, 2010

We are currently in desperate need of deoderant, famliy size bottles of shampoo, bars of soap, and razors.
If you are able to donate any of the above it would be greatly appreciated.
They can be dropped off Monday thru Saturday from 8 to 3:30. God Bless You!

St. Vincent de Paul Place | 12:02 PM