We present to you a quartet of volunteers for recognition and appreciation. The quartet, comprised of able leader, Fred Petrazio, and his helpers, Julie Bennett, Mary Ann King, and Alice Wilder-Lauff, stock, maintain, and disburse food from the St. Vincent de Paul pantry. Every Thursday since last October the Pantry has been "open" between 11 am and 2 pm. This system has worked out much better than having folks stop by at any time during the week, and it helps relieve church staff of having to give out food boxes during their working hours.
By the time the pantry 'opens' at 11 am, an incredible amount of work has been done. These folks come in very early that morning to fill the food boxes that are given out. Fred drives his truck (which he loves to do) to MANNA to pick up bulk food. Upon return, all that food must be shelved and/or refrigerated. Then the boxes get filled and transported to JXXIII for distribution. They keep the pantry goods stocked and rotated, and the refrigerators and freezers clean. When pantry hours are over for the day, any food left in JXXIII must be transported back to the pantry. You might think the work would be over at that point. It's not... There is a good bit of paperwork that goes along with maintaining the pantry, for both SVDP purposes and reports that must go to MANNA.
Fred and his team are like a well-oiled machine. They work so well together, sharing the work load and enjoying each other's company. His crew is so efficient that when Fred was away for three weeks they took care of everything. If you are ever in the church on Thursday, take a look down D hall to see the action. You will see this team of volunteers in action, cheerfully preparing food boxes and going up and down the hall all morning long. Never a cross word, never a complaint. In fact even now, several months later, they bring the same enthusiasm to their Thursday work that they did when they first started.
We are so blessed to have such caring, hard working Vincentians among us. And we are blessed to have our parishioners who are so supportive of our work.