Community Ministries

Our parishioners make more than 6,000 meals every year for those experiencing hunger and homelessness in our area, and we support organizations committed to providing housing resources for families in need. We always welcome non-perishable food donations for the food pantries and we support volunteers for these ministries.

Food Ministries

St. David’s has partnered with various organizations in the community to help provide food to those in need. We are always in need of volunteers or donations! To volunteer, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

St. John’s Cecil & Grace Bean Soup Kitchen, Norristown

Alison Hastings

St. David’s is one of several churches that provide meals and volunteers for the Cecil and Grace Bean Soup Kitchen that operates out of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norristown. Six to ten parishioners and/or staff make their way to St. John’s on the first, fourth, and fifth Wednesdays of each month, with casseroles and soups made by St. David’s parishioners, to feed between 80 and 150 of our hungry brothers and sisters. Check out the recipes found at the link below. St. David’s Youth also serve breakfast on the first Sunday of each month.

Turkey Chili
Beef and Vegetable Soup
Summer Cold Chicken Pasta Salad

St. Mary’s Food Cupboard, Chester

Ned Miller

Our parishioners fill this food pantry with everything from soup to peanut butter. Every month, St. Mary’s makes a request for a specific item that can be dropped off in the Chapel Narthex. General donations are also accepted.

  • January & July: Canned Tuna
  • February & August: Pasta and Spaghetti Sauce
  • March & September: Canned Soup
  • April & October: Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • May & November: Canned Tuna
  • June & December: Canned Juice, Canned Tuna, Peanut Butter

You may also serve at St. Mary’s on Thursdays from 11:30am to 2pm. For more information, please contact The Rev. Thomas Szczerba.

Community Ministries

St. David’s helps the less fortunate in our community by partnering with multiple organizations that aid in helping individuals get back on their feet. Whether it be by hosting families in our building or donating time and money, St. David’s is here to help those who need it.

Episcopal Community Services

Rick Herman

Episcopal Community Services challenges systemic poverty across the Diocese of Pennsylvania by reducing barriers to opportunities and empowering independence, wellness, and stability. St. David’s supports ECS through outreach donations, individual service on the Board of ECS, and in programs sponsored by ECS.

Family Promise of the Main Line (FPML)

Cindy McCallum

Family Promise (formerly IHN) is a partnership of congregations within a community helping families who are facing homelessness. This organization mobilizes community resources and helps families regain their housing, their independence and their dignity. On several occasions throughout the year, St. David’s hosts families for a week at a time by giving them a place to sleep, and volunteers to make dinner for them.

Upcoming St. David’s Host Weeks
March 12-17, 2023
May 21-28, 2023
July 30-August 6, 2023
October 15-22, 2023

Safe Harbor

Katy Vandergrift

Parishioners prepare home cooked meals for clients of this West Chester, PA shelter. Safe Harbor’s mission encompasses food, shelter, and individualized action plans to help people rebuild life skills, reestablish self-esteem and overcome issues that prevent them from leading independent productive lives.

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church

Leslie Lewis

St. Gabriel’s is an Episcopal parish in Philadelphia that we partner with on their many outreach ministries. Specifically, there is a feeding program on Saturdays that provides food, clothing, and other supplies for the local community. In addition, during the holidays, the St. David’s community collects items to be brought to St. Gabriel’s. St. Gabriel’s then distributes these much-needed items to the homeless in the city. Items collected include Blessing Bags during Thanksgiving, and mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves during Christmas time. Please contact Leslie Lewis if you are interested in serving.

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