Catholic Charities now operating local food pantry

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The largest food pantry in the Lowcountry area, formerly known as St. Vincent dePaul Outreach, a ministry of St. Peter Catholic Church in Beaufort, is now under the direction of Catholic Charities, Diocese of South Carolina.  It has been renamed Our Lady’s Pantry, in honor of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Our Lady’s Pantry continues to be the largest food pantry serving the four counties of Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton.  Each month, more than 900 qualified families receive staples, meat, bread and fresh produce from volunteers at the facility, which is located at 30 Carolyn Drive in Beaufort.

Funding for the pantry is secured through donations, grants, bequests and fundraising activities. Food distributed by the pantry is obtained through purchases from the USDA Second Harvest program, as well as donations from Second Helpings and generous local groups and individuals.

Terry Buquet serves as general manager of Our Lady’s Pantry, which is usually open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Deborah Riley serves as Catholic Charities Regional Coordinator.  The telephone number of Our Lady’s Pantry is 843-524-2179.