SWEM (Southwest Ecumenical Ministries of St. Stephan’s Church)
Emergency Food Program: Food is available at four locations in the southwest of the city. Most accessible by public transportation. ID is required for food pick-up. New in 2012 is a “supermarket model” of client choice at the Montgomery Neighborhood Center located on Cady Street. On Thursday and Saturday mornings, clients can shop for their food in the pantry, picking items from each food category that fit their needs.
Senior Supplemental Food Program feeds needy seniors in our area with a monthly food delivery from the SWEM Food Cupboard. Currently we provide food to almost 50 seniors on a regular monthly basis. Bags include nonperishable food, as well as bread, eggs, margarine and fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Backpack Program (Supplemental Food to Children): In cooperation with Foodlink, SWEM delivers supplemental food to School #16, #29 and #2 on a weekly basis during the school year. Currently we serve about 80 students per week. Extra food is also given out prior to scheduled school holidays. School personnel identify and screen participants in the program. Each eligible child is given approximately 3 pounds of child friendly food to take home. There is no cost to the family. In a city where over 90% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunches, this program makes a difference to families.
Foodlink Mobil Pantry Truck: On the 4th Wednesday of the month from 9am until 11am, Foodlink provides fesh produce and baked goods to the community at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 350 Chili Avenue. There is no income criteria to meet. Everyone is eligible! Food distribution is not based on household size. Everyone receives the same amount of food in an effort to provide food to as many households as possible. Meat purchases are also available at the Mobil Pantry through the $ave program aimed at helping families stretch their food dollars. A list of other Mobil Pantry Sites in Monroe County is available from Foodlink.