The St. Vincent de Paul food pantry has been distributing food to the La Honda community from a building at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church every Sunday since November 2012. Recent improvements in the building have been a community effort with help from local people, whether they are church members or not. The coordinator of these improvements has been La Honda resident and church member Shella Bordi. With the new flooring and trim and other improvements, the building is looking bright and inviting.
The food that is distributed is provided by Second Harvest --the area food bank-- and the St. Vincent de Paul Society from Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church in Half Moon Bay. Every week the Half Moon Bay SVdP members put together the bags of food which are picked up by a La Honda volunteer and delivered to our local pantry.
Sunday September 15 the community of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic church celebrated the blessing of the renovated building. Half Moon Bay SVdP members were invited to join in and to see where their food bags were given out. Father Charles Onubogu officiated after the regular Sunday Mass. Following the blessing, parishioners celebrated with a potluck that was also in commemoration of the 59th year of Our Lady of Refuge being located on Sears Ranch Road.
People picking up food may have noticed some different faces behind the tables. These were SVdP members from Half Moon Bay who were giving the La Honda volunteers a chance to join the potluck. Also in attendance was Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County Executive Director Lorraine Moriarty, who was helpful in getting the La Honda Food Pantry up and running.
Pantry hours are every Sunday, noon to 2 PM. If you require assistance from SVdP at other times, please call the San Mateo phone number 650-343-4403 and they will assist you.