"Love one another as I have loved you."
John 15:12

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25:40

"Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."
St. Francis of Assisi

"Extend mercy toward others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping.
For what hope is there for us if GOD should withdraw His mercy from us?"
St. Vincent de Paul

"[The goal of the Society] was not to help the poor. This was only a means. Our object was by the practice of Charity to strengthen ourselves in the Faith, and to win others for it...Personal perfection and not the eradication of poverty per se is the primary goal of the society."

Blessed Antoine-Frederic Ozanam

03 October 2016


SVDP has provided monthly food baskets to approximately 30 families for the past 10 years.  Effective October 1, 2016, that program has been terminated.

In August 2016, the Open Door Food Pantry opened at the Ipswich Housing Authority site on County Road.  This pantry, which is a satellite facility of the Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester, is open two days every week.  Clients have the opportunity to obtain meat and fresh produce as well as staples.

As this facility provides a greater availability to clients for their food needs, SVDP has made the decision to discontinue the monthly food baskets as an unnecessary duplication of service.  With the extremely small budget of SVDP, we could not possibly be able to provide the service that Open Door does.  Financial resources that were committed to the food service will now be able to be used for other charitable support.  We will continue to monitor this need and will provide emergency food as needed.

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