Shepherd’s Bounty Ministry
One of St. Bernadette’s little-known gems is the parish community garden located just past the sheds on the parish grounds. The garden is cultivated year round by volunteers who contribute the harvest to our parish food pantry. In three years, Shepherd’s Bounty has donated over 3,818 pounds — almost 2 tons! — of produce to the pantry. Approximately thirty-five families visit the food pantry each week, and we are delighted to be able to donate fresh produce to them. However, we need your help.
We are looking for volunteers to help weed and harvest throughout the year, but particularly during the summer months.
Work sessions are: TUESDAY EVENING 6:00-7:30 pm; and SATURDAY 8:00-10:00 am, or whenever you can help.
The food pantry is open Monday-Wed from 9:30 am -12:00 pm and welcomes fresh produce picked that morning or the night before.
Volunteers are invited to help out occasionally, or on a regular basis if you are able.
Also needed are grass clippings, fruit and vegetable peels, and egg shells for the compost heap. Grass clippings must be pesticide and herbicide free, and meat products cannot be used. Families may bring their donations directly to the compost pile behind the sheds.
We can oftentimes also find a home for seeds or seedlings leftover from your family garden.
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Helen Bahr, Master Gardener, at email@example.com or 919.762.9704 or the parish office.
Shepherd’s Bounty Impact on Volunteers
“This ministry has given me a sense of fulfillment because I strongly believe that Jesus meant what he said in His Sermon on the Mount. We are working to feed the poor. A side benefit for me is the sense of peace I get from digging in the dirt, watching things grow and just being in that serene space. Plus, I get to work with the nicest people in the world.”