Giving God the glory, St. Paul Lutheran Church (Burgundy) in New Orleans is pleased to announce our new non-perishable food pantry mounted to the building on Port Street. Thanks to the dedication of our church members, we will be able to provide nourishment to those in need. Both funding and in-kind donations make this service possible. St. Paul is grateful for the Thrivent Action Team grant and the generous donation from CEF (Church Extension Fund) Director, Rev. Stephen Linck.
Everyone is encouraged to take what they need and leave what they can, which decreases stigma for anyone approaching the pantry. It holds up to 60 cans and has room for larger items on the bottom shelf.
Information about the structure …
The pantry is made of treated exterior plywood that resembles barge board wood – the same material congregants would have used in the 1840s. Along with the corrugated tin roof, vertical slat trim, and extra layers of white paint, it appears the pantry was built 180 years ago, serving as a reminder of our commitment to neighbors for many generations.
The pantry itself is compliant with ADA regulations, has spring loaded door hinges to ensure it remains closed and unbreakable Lexan windows. The inside is painted bright yellow and includes a motion sensor light for night-time access.
“35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”