St. Patrick's Outreach ministry is dedicated to serving people who are in need in the Five Cities and Nipomo areas. We are nondiscriminatory, and give assistance regardless of race, religion, or national origin. The Outreach Program was started by Sr. Eva over 20 years ago, and continues to thrive because of the spirit of service she inspired in St. Patrick's Parish community. Each month the Outreach Pantry distributes groceries to approximately 400 families. Christmas baskets, including food items and toys for children, are distributed to 400 families. In addition, last year over 350 families were given emergency financial assistance due to a crisis in their lives. Outreach also supports People's Kitchen with monthly funds and teams of volunteers.
The budget for Outreach depends entirely on monetary and food donations from members of St. Patrick's Parish Community, as well as donations from individuals and organizations in South San Luis Obispo County, and from our annual GALA fundraiser. The three coordinators of Outreach, Katie Hilton, Anita James, and Margot Ochoa, oversee the daily operation of the Food Pantry and meet with individuals who seek financial assistance. They are assisted by a large group of volunteers who help in a variety of ways.
Monetary donations supporting outreach can be sent to the Church Office or placed in the collection baskets. Please make checks out to St. Patrick's Outreach. Food items can be brought to weekend masses or dropped off at the Church office.
See a description of our activities to the right and below.