Essentials Pantry

Saint Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry

Update: January 15, 2015

The items listed below are greatly needed.

  • Men’s winter coats, large and x-tra large
  • Men’s undershirts and underwear
  • Men’s winter boots; the larger the better
  • Mens sweaters

Saint Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry is a welcoming, no-barrier program of distribution of non-food essentials. The Pantry specifically distributes items not covered under the federal food stamp program, such as clothing, diapers, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies and paper products.

St. Alban’s hosts the Essentials Pantry on nine Tuesdays annually. Distribution takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the parish hall of the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland.

Each year at this time, there are multiple requests for winter coats, hats and hand coverings and boots. Many of the clients, newly arrived from Africa and other parts of the world, come with just the clothes on their backs and are experiencing their first Maine winter. Brrr ..It gives us all a chill just to think about it! Please check your closets for cold weather gear, still in good condition but left unused and lonely. The Essentials Pantry will find a good home for it all.

Of course, there is still an ongoing need for other warm clothing, sweaters, socks, etc., and household items. Your donations of time, material and resources are what keep the Essentials Pantry going!

Another ongoing need is for dictionaries, not only French/English, Spanish/English, but also Portuguese/English (people from all those former Belgium colonies) and Arabic/English. It is really very moving to meet adults so eager to learn a new language, and it would be wonderful if we could help them in their effort. Consider a donation of money so that fresh and up to date dictionaries could be ordered (there is a very useful Arabic one with pictures that is popular).

To learn more about our work with the Essentials Pantry, or to sign up to help, contact Megan Akers at 799-4014, or email

Our next visit to St. Eilizabeth’s will be:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015