Food Pantry Ministry Overview

For over 20 years the Food Pantry ministry at the Cathedral of St. John has been providing food assistance to low-income families living in houses or apartments in the Albuquerque downtown area. We provide: canned items, staples such as flour, sugar, rice, beans, pasta, bacon, eggs, and, when it is available, fresh produce. We are open every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Our ministry needs three kinds of volunteers:

  • Food purchase and delivery (2 needed) – Each week we buy most of the food we need from Walmart, Costco, and Sam’s Club. During the week, these volunteers purchase the food we need, deliver it to the Cathedral, and submit a reimbursement request for their expenses.
  • Registration (1 needed) – On Tuesday morning the registration volunteer checks each client’s ID against our computer database of registered families and records their attendance. If the client’s paperwork needs to be updated, the volunteer fills out the annual registration form.
  • Food distribution (5 needed) – Each Tuesday morning we distribute food to our neighboring families. Volunteers help our clients choose the food they want and assist them in taking it out to their cars. They also re-stock the shelves as the food is distributed.

Coordinator (1 needed) – There are numerous administrative tasks associated with running the food pantry such as: scheduling volunteers, inventorying food in stock, creating a list of needed food for the purchasers, and interacting with Road Runner Food Bank. Volunteers perform one or two of these tasks.


Please fill out the volunteer form if you are interested in becoming a part of our Food Pantry.