Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a local, volunteer-run, charitable organization
We provide a wide range of social services to the people of North St. Louis, one of the area's most impoverished neighborhoods. Run completely through small donations of time and money, we've helped tens of thousands of families since 1970. Here are the major services we provide:
- Groceries & Household Items: We distribute bags of boxed/canned goods once a month, as well as bread, produce, and dairy each week to families in need.
- Emergency Needs: We offer programs to help families catch up on utility payments.
- Computer Training: We offer basic computer training courses once a week.
- Optical/Vision: We provide check-ups and basic optical exams twice per month.
We Need Your Help
Our operation is a labor of love
by volunteers like you
Here are a few ways you can help:
- Volunteer for a bread run: We make trips to local grocery stores three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays) to pick up extra food.
- Volunteer at the pantry: We're always looking for more helping hands to give out food, and help with cleaning and organizing.
- Volunteer grant writer: We're looking for someone to help us apply for various grants to improve and expand the services we provide.
- Volunteer medical professionals: We're looking for some doctors to volunteer for our medical offices.
- Donations: Our operating costs are low, but completely funded by charitable donations. Our trailer used to pick up food is aging and in need of replacement.
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About Our Lady of Perpetual Help
The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Food Pantry mission is to welcome and serve people in the spirit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we strive to provide for those in need and serve our community with dignity and respect.
We are more than a food pantry — we teach families how to get back on their feet.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Inc. is a 5019(c)(3) Missouri Not-for-profit Corporation, a conference under St. Vincent De Paul Society of greater St. Louis, and a member of Food Search and Food Bank. We're run by a dedicated team of volunteer leaders and are funded completely though small donations of time and money. Our pantry serves over 1,200 families per month (3,200 individuals), and we receive generous donations of food each week from Schnuck's and Dierberg's.
- St. Vincent DePaul, provides utility assistance.
- Catholic Charities, provides an annual grant.
- The Eye Care Charity of Mid-America, provides eye exams and eyeglasses.
- CHIPS, provides access to available and affordable healthcare and social services.
- Deaconness Faith Community Nurse Ministries, provides health and wellness training and assessments.
- US Materials Management, donates computers that are given to clients who complete computer training.
- Crisis Nursery, provides emergency intervention helping to prevent child abuse and neglect.
A Brief History
In the early 1970's, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish had a food pantry run by the parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference. Myrtle Howell was the driving force behind the pantry and conference. Myrtle worked tirelessly to improve the community, helping the poor, hungry, or homeless in the area.
After the OLOPH church burnt down, Myrtle continued to serve those in need out of the basement of the old gym without electricity or running water. Bill Patty had been helping Father Jack Siesle with the parish school and other projects when he met Myrtle. Impressed with her devotion to serve the poor, Billy decided to help find a new place for the pantry. After months of searching, the pantry was moved to 4335 Warne Ave in 1995.
The building was affordable, but had many problems that had to be taken care of to make it useable. The majority of the equipment and labor over the years has been donated by various individuals and companies.
The needs of the pantry have been met by many people over the years. Volunteers work everyday to serve the poor by bagging groceries, sorting and putting out clothing, taking applications for utility help, etc. The ever-growing number of people that seek help from the pantry requires more effort than we have workers for. We have grown from helping approximately 300 families a year to our present number of over 1,200 families. As we expand the services we provide to this needy community, we humble ask you to help us in any way you can.