“ I was thinking the other day how much we needed donations ,” said Katie Loyd pictured with Pat Brickman , left , on Dec . 9 at the St . Vincent de Paul food bank . “ Then yesterday ( Dec . 8 ) they started bringing in all this food . You just gotta have faith .”
“ There was a need and I think it ’ s grown each year ,” said Stancil .
They provide food on Mondays , Wednesdays and Fridays and financial assistance on Fridays . Recipients must qualify for financial assistance .
President Katie Loyd said the society is living scripture . “ One of the most important things is to love thy neighbor as you would love God ,” she said . “ That ’ s why it ’ s important to serve and be the face of Jesus .”
Loyd got involved in the food bank six years ago , prior to converting to Catholicism . She was attending the church and , “ Father Patrick was telling the congregation about what St . Vincent does and how they help the community and he asked us to consider getting involved , and I did .”
A core of about 20 volunteers help out each week , although because of COVID-19 , not all are currently able to . The virus has also increased the need for St . Vincent ’ s services .
“ There ’ s more people coming in and asking for food ,” said Loyd . She said some are in tears , embarrassed to be asking . “ There ’ s no reason to be embarrassed ,” she said . “ That ’ s why we ’ re here , to serve them when they ’ re in need . They may not need us again , but we do want to be here when they need us .”
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