"Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least of these My brethren, you did it for Me." Matthew 25:40
Open Arms Ministry is an outreach of St. Paul UMC. We have partnered with several organizations in the community to provide food to thousands in the community by supplying multiple foodbanks and ministries throughout Pinellas County. In 2021 we distributed over a million pounds of food!
We also distribute food and some personal care items to those in need directly from our Open Arms Resource Center. Those who are in need are invited to take what they need at no charge. The food is available for free through St. Paul family and our partners in the community. It is a gift of love.
The Open Arms Resource Center is located on our St. Paul Druid Campus - 2039 Druid Rd in Clearwater.
When I can I pick up items?
Open Arms is available for pick-ups of prepacked food on Monday-Wednesday from 1-3 PM.
We also have Saturday hours for USDA food distribution twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10 -12:30 PM. You can also sign up to receive USDA food at this time. Each household can receive USDA food once a month regardless of whether you've received food during the week.
WhAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
We are not currently requiring any paperwork or documentation because of COVID.
Our usual requirements for new clients (social security card, proof of income, photo ID, etc.) may be reinstated at a later date, but are not currently necessary.
What about financial assistance?
We do not currently have financial assistance available.
How can I help?
Our community partners supply most of our food needs, but we welcome food donations of all kinds. Items in high demand are dry goods, canned goods, and bread. We are also in need of non-food donations of diapers, baby food, and other baby items, as well as toilet paper and other personal care items. You can drop items off at Open Arms or leave non-perishable donations at the church office from Monday - Thursday. You can also leave donations in the bin in the sanctuary lobby or in the Connection Center on Sundays.
Volunteers are always needed to help make food pick-ups, to sort, stack and package food, to fill trunks on distribution days and more.
Contact Yvette Carter at 586-5380 to volunteer or you can fill out the form below: