“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16

If you or someone you know are in need of food in the Morgan Hill/South County area, please check out these resources:

  • Reach Out food pantry, M-F 1pm-2:30pm – 17400 Peak Ave. (behind St. Catherine Parish) – see information below.
  • Second Harvest Book Bank Family Harvest for families with children under 26 living at home (call Food Connection at 8009843663 for more information)
    • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 8:30-10am, PA Walsh School/Community Christian Church, 305 W. Main Ave.
    • 1st and 3rd Thursday, 8-9:30am, Advent Lutheran Church, 16870 Murphy Ave., sign up at Second Harvest: 408-266-8866.
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 10:30-11:45am, Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center, 1700 Monterey Road.
  • See full list of Morgan Hill and Gilroy food resources 

Reach Out Food Pantry

Reach Out Food Pantry is an interfaith and community-wide effort to meet the needs of our food insecure neighbors. They serve about 250 households a month. They are a grateful partner of the Second Harvest Food Bank, and welcome supplemental donations to help fill the gaps. Reach Out is located onsite at St. Catherine Catholic Church, 17400 Peak Avenue, in the building at the back of the property (off Noble Court). It is open Monday through Friday from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Get more info here.

If you need food and live in our community: 

Come to Reach Out, Monday through Friday, between 1:00pm and 2:30pm.  Bring your ID (e.g. driver’s license).  You can receive a supply of staples, meat, eggs, and other items once a month.  You can also come by any day to receive fruit, veggies, and bread as available.

If you can help provide food or monetary donations: 

Food donations:  Non-perishable food items may be brought to the MHUMC worship service.  They may also be left in the donation shopping cart in front of the Reach Out building, if necessary, but best to drop them off when someone is there – often, in the mornings, but always 12:45-2:45pm Monday through Friday. Any perishable items (garden produce, tofu, tortillas, etc.) should be dropped off at Reach Out when the facility is open (Monday through Friday, 1-2:30pm).  You can ask the volunteer onsite for a receipt for your donation, if you’d like.

  • Current needs/wants:  Items currently specifically requested include these:
Cold cereal
Canned vegetables
Bottled water
Canned chicken
White rice
Shelf-stable milk cartons
Dried beans
Cat and dog food
Diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6) and wipes
Baby food/formula
Feminine hygiene products (pads, not tampons)
  • Holiday items:  Reach Out is starting to gather some stock of holiday (traditional/cultural) non-perishables, and if you’d like to donate these items now, they will begin being offered to families in November.
Canned cranberries
Canned hominy
Canned green beans
Canned yams
Stuffing mix
Prepared gravy or dry packets
Boxed mashed potatoes
Baking powder
Brown sugar
Masa marina (corn flour)
Cooking oil
French fried onions
Dried corn husks
Chicken stock
Spices (cumin, chili powder, poultry spice, sage, etc)
Mole sauce
Enchilada sauce
Chocolate abuelita
Dried red Mexican chilies (guajillo)
Tortilla chips

Monetary donations to support the Reach Out Food Pantry are welcome, and allow them to purchase needed food items that are not in stock on the shelves. You can drop off a check at Reach Out when they are open (1-2:30pm Monday- Friday) or make a one-time or recurring donation on the parish website (www.stca.org). Click the green GIVING tab, then Giving-Online, then choose Reach Out and click the blue “offer support” button.

To volunteer:  Reach Out is staffed with five volunteers every afternoon to serve individuals and families in need; you could work a once-a-week or once-a-month shift, or come one morning a week to fill bags, re-stock shelves, and sort/bag vegetables and fruit. TEXT (no phone calls) Ann Marie at 408-718-1564 or email her at annmariecica@yahoo.com to indicate your interest. Feel free to stop by anytime Reach Out is open to meet the volunteers and check out what they do.

Free meals for seniors: Great Plates Delivered 

During the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, Governor Newsom approved a plan to help seniors stay home and stay healthy, while providing economic stimulus for local restaurants.  The City of San Jose has partnered with Santa Clara County’s Senior Nutrition program (that subsidizes our Senior Center meals) to provide 3 free, nutritious meals a day, from local restaurants, to adults 65 or older, or those 60-64 who are at high risk from COVID-19.

Key points of this program:

  • Seniors in Santa Clara County can get 3 free, nutritious meals a day, delivered to their home
  • Apply for the program through Sourcewise (call 408-350-3200, Option #1)
  • The program currently is planned to run until May 7, 2021, unless an extension is granted
  • More information is available here

Denise Melroy, Chairperson, Staff-Parish Relations

You’re Invited to a Community Meal

Sharing the BountyIn Morgan Hill, there is a network of free hot meals served through the week in various locations.  There is no eligibility requirement or form to fill out, just please come and enjoy a nutritious, delicious dinner with us.  Many meals are provided as take-out only.

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