The Food Pantry is a ministry that provides food for families in the community who are experiencing a temporary need for assistance. St. Celestine hosts the Alvernia Food Pantry and St. Cyprian also has a Food Pantry.

“Blessed are you who are hungry, for you will be satisfied.”  – Luke 6: 21

St. Celestine Alvernia Food Pantry


At St. Celestine volunteers work with Sister Johanna Treml, the coordinator. Families or individuals may come once a month for food. The Food Pantry opens from 4 to 6 PM on three Thursdays of the month (check on the “Upcoming Events” at the bottom of this website to find out the next Food Pantry date).

The food pantry can serve people who live in this area: Belmont on the north, North Avenue on the south, Harlem on the east, and Cumberland on the west. CLICK HERE for other food pantry locations.

In September of 1991 we opened the Alvernia Food Pantry at St. Celestine Parish. Each month since 1991 we have been able to served between 50 to 75 families on a regular basis; at times we served more families on an emergency one-time-only basis.

Donations of food are welcome, and can be dropped off at the Pastoral Center or at church. The ushers can assist you. Suggested items to donate: packaged pasta or rice dishes, canned tuna or chicken, cereals, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables, small boxes of crackers, small bottles of vegetable oil, small cans of coffee, Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, boxed potatoes, canned pork and beans, spaghetti, spaghetti sauces, cake mixes and frosting, baking mixes, and small canned hams. Gift cards are always welcome, especially those to Jewel, Target, Mariano’s or Caputo’s.

NEXT OPEN DATES 2020 FOR ALVERNIA FOOD PANTRYJanuary 9, 16, 23 – February 6, 13, 20 – March 5, 12, 19 – April 2, 16, 23 – May 7, 14, 21 – June 4, 11, 18

St Cyprian Food Pantry


St. Cyprian Food Pantry is open on the third Saturday of the month from 9:30 to 11 AM. The food pantry can serve people who live in this area: River Grove and parts of Franklin Park (west of River Road and east of 25th, north of Fullerton and south of Belmont, and Elmwood Park west of Conti Circle and east of Webster, north of Fullerton and south of Belmont). Darlene Bauman is the coordinator.

Recipients must bring two proof of residency; a photo ID (state driver’s license or ID) and utility bill (water, gas, or electric) with them. They receive a Food Pantry card from the volunteer and bring it with each month to receive food.

Donations of dried goods can be dropped off at the Rectory or the back of church.

NEXT OPEN DATES 2020 FOR ST. CYPRIAN FOOD PANTRYJanuary 18, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19.