The People’s Pantry Needs You!

The People’s Pantry Needs You!

Volunteers wanted for emergency “shopping style” food pantry operations.

The Hand Up Project operates The Peoples Pantry, a “shopping style” emergency food pantry.   St Philip the Deacon hosts The Peoples Pantry on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Peoples Pantry also operates out of the Q Center on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

The Peoples Pantry is looking to expand its presence at St. Philip the Deacon by offering weekly shopping. Additional volunteers are needed to make this possible.

All volunteers wear masks and gloves at all times. Proper cleaning methods are in place at St. Philip the Deacon and hand sanitizer is always available. Currently “shoppers” are not allowed in the facility. They are given a shopping list to fill out and return to the doorman. Volunteers shop for them to fill the order which is then returned to the doorman for delivery. All shoppers must have masks and comply with social distancing guidelines.

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity and feel safe doing so, please check out the Peoples Pantry at   Select “The Peoples Pantry” page for more information about the pantry. If would like to volunteer click on the big, red “Get Involved” button and complete our online application or email

This program is in addition to the Deacon’s Dining Hall Saturday lunch program, which has operated on Saturdays at St. Philip the Deacon for over 20 years. Because of the pandemic, sit-down hot meals are not currently being served. Guests receive a full, healthy sack lunch instead. Deacon’s Dining Hall will resume serving indoors when the church is able to open its doors once again.

Hand Up Project is a young non-profit started by a small group of friends to address food insecurities in communities of color and the LGBTQ community.