Snack Bags for the Homeless

Richard Acuna and Gail Klein are active in OLA’s St. Vincent de Paul Society. They are starting a new ministry here at OLA to provide snack bags to homeless persons in our area. Gail and Richard also serve at the food pantry located at Holy Name of Mary Parish in La Verne/San Dimas where they observed that many coming for assistance were struggling to make the long trip from Claremont/North Pomona. Thus began their ministry to provide a snack bag for those they encountered on the street in this district. They average about ten bags a week.

“Ten food bags a week is a small gesture, but it answers Jesus’
request that we take care of the poor,” Gail testifies. “And one no one is poorer than the homeless who are often stranded due to circumstances beyond their control.

OLA is launching a drive to collect the items needed to assemble these bags. Please bring the following items to the parish office where a cart is marked for this ministry outside the door. Many of these items are available in bulk at big box stores such as WalMart or Costco:

  • Nutritional supplement drinks (e.g. Ensure, Boost, or Equate)
  • Cup of noodles (preferably chicken)
  • Cans of Chicken Noodle or Beef Ravioli (with pull-top lid)
  • Oatmeal single serving packages
  • Bottled water
  • Disposable utensils, plates, cups, napkins and bowls
  • Email the ministry to check on items most needed this week at [email protected].

You may also help defray the cost of the bags which is about $10-12 each. Checks may be made payable to “OLA” with a memo for “Homeless Snack Bags.”