Have You Heard of The Oak Park Food Pantry in Lake Charles LA?
The Thanksgiving holiday is associated with giving thanks for the abundance of blessings we enjoy. Sometimes Thanksgiving provides an opportunity with “giving” and sharing with others in our community.
The Oak Park Food Pantry in Lake Charles has been serving the Lake Charles community for many years providing families in need with groceries.
When we all gather around the Thanksgiving table in a few more days, more than likely we will take a moment to share what we are grateful for and give thanks for the abundance of delicious food we will consume. Along with the traditional turkey, most of us will consume other homemade specialities that our Grandmother, Aunt, Mom, Dad or other family members lovingly prepared to share. We will comment about eating too much and having food leftover.
Most of us don’t know what it is like to go hungry or worry about how we will feed our family. As a Real Estate Agents, I see bulging pantries on a daily basis when I show Lake Charles homes for sale. Sometimes I even discover extreme pantries stocked like those on The Exteme Coupon Show!
For over 23 years Lake Charles churches in the Oak Park neighborhood of Lake Charles have been giving back to those in need through donations to the Oak Park Food Pantry. First Presbyterian Church, St Margarets Church and First Christian Church have been the three churches that have remained active. Through a unified Christian effort these founding Oak Park congregations have been serving Lake Charles families in need with donations to the Oak Park Food Pantry.
In order to receive food from the pantry you must provide a utility bill in your name and social security numbers for all children 17 years and younger. The pantry provides groceries to more than 170 families each month in Lake Charles.
The Oak Park Food pantry provides Thanksgiving dinners to needy families each year and collects canned good items throughout the year. Volunteering during the month of November at the Oak Park Food Pantry, you might be put to work filling grocery bags with staple supplies of sugar, flour, corn, green beans, cake mixes, rice and other grocery staples.
Over the years the 3 churches that have kept the Oak Park food pantry alive have experienced a loss of membership. Along with the change in church congregation demographics, donations and volunteers have also declined.
Last month volunteers voiced the fear that the Oak Park Food Pantry might have to close its doors. KPLC TV aired the story about the Oak Park Food Pantry and A plea went out to the community of Lake Charles for donations to keep the effort of the Oak Park Food Pantry alive.
Since the news story aired a month ago on KPLC TV the Lake Charles community response has been overwhelming. The Lake Charles community heeded the call and since the word went out, volunteers have responded and have helped to replenishing the Oak Park Pantry. The Southwest Louisiana Bar Association’s Action Committee has added the Oak Park Food Pantry to its list of charity projects. The spirit of Lake Charles Volunteers is to keep the pantry going forever!
Thanks to the Oak Park Food Pantry, needy families will continue to have a source of obtaining groceries they cannot otherwise afford on their own. Please consider sharing a donation or volunteering to the Oak Park Food Pantry. As the holiday approaches many families will still be in need of assistance.
The Oak Park Food Pantry is located at 1611 17th Street, Lake Charles, LA.
The Oak Park Food Pantry is open every Tuesday and Thursday for 1 hour only – between 8am – 9am.
The Oak Park Food Pantry will also accept Monetary Donations:
Checks should be made out to: Oak Park Food Pantry. Checks and donations can be dropped off (or mailed to):
St. Margaret’s Catholic Church: 337-439-4585
First Christian Church: 337-478-3034
First Presbyterian Church of Lake Charles: 337-433-4667
You may contact the Oak Park Food Pantry at (337)478-3034 & (337) 439-4585
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