St. Martin dePorres Food Pantry

An Outreach Program Supported by St. Ann Catholic Parish

Food. Hope. Stability.


"As the patron of both healthcare workers and those who seek racial reconciliation, the 16th-17th century Peruvian Dominican Friar, St. Martin de Porres, is truly a saint for our time. Born of a mother who was a freed slave and a nobleman father who did not acknowledge him, St. Martin endured hardship and prejudice in his search for God. He was unflagging both in devotion to the Eucharist and service to the poor."


St. Martin dePorres Food Pantry, located at 104 South Kemp Street, Florence, S.C. will be open every weekduring the current Covid-19 pandemic, at this time.

  1. Open to our clients on Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM every other week.

  2. Bags of food will be provided to anyone who is in need. No need to be registered during this COVID-19 quarantine. 

  3. We ask all clients and volunteers to wear a facemask and gloves; facemasks and gloves will be available, if needed. We do practice social distancing, and follow all policies mandated by the Diocese of Charleston.

Our Mission

The St. Martin dePorres Food Pantry is one of the not-for-profit outreach programs supported by St. Ann Catholic Church.  St. Martin dePorres Food Pantry is primarily staffed by volunteers. Its specific mission is to provide an adequate and nutritious supply of food to individuals and families in our community who are in need.


How You Can Help Us

Volunteers are always welcomed and needed!  Did you know that 51% of all food programs rely entirely on volunteers? Volunteers are key to our success! We invite you to join our team.

  • Mondays: Volunteers are needed from 8:30 - 11:00 AM to help pick-up, to load, and to unload food from the local Harvest Hope distribution center in Florence and to stock shelves.

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:45 - 11:00 AM to pick and pack groceries for our clients and to help with distribution to our clients getting their groceries from the building into their cars, etc.

If you are a student preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and need service hours, please call Ms. Pat Bromley, 843.268.1069. All volunteers are asked to join us at 8:45 AM on each day the food pantry is open...


These Are the Items Our Neighbors Need

Donations of all canned and shelf stable food items (please no glass containers) are greatly appreciated!  Your contributions enable us to provide each client with a wide variety of food each week.  Need some suggestions?

  • Week 1: Cans of green beans, corn or any vegetables;

  • Week 2: Cans of soup and/or fruit;

  • Week 3: Cans of meat or tuna;

  • Week 4: Plastic jars of peanut butter, jellies, mayonnaise and/or salad dressings;

  • Week 5: Cereals or small boxes of raisins;

  • Week 6: Pasta and/or small cans of tomatoes and sauces;

The Best Things to Donate to a Food Pantry:


Non-perishable proteins

Of the three nutritional cornerstones of carbs, proteins, and fats, protein is by far the most difficult to come across, especially in a shelf-stable form which takes up less of limited fridge space. Our food pantry can always use canned meats like tuna or chicken. Nut butters like peanut or almond are great options. Beans are a versatile form of protein, too!


Meals in a Can/Box

We all have those days where we just don’t want to cook or put a lot of thought into how the ingredients in the fridge can combine into a meal. Donations of meals in a can/box lend themselves to meal preparation. Meals in a can or box can help. Things like soup, stew, chili or mac and cheese boxes that contain a pre-made cheese sauce (not the type that requires additional milk or butter) are great options. These are quick and easy to make while still feeling like a complete meal.


Low-Sugar Cereals

For many, kids especially, breakfast means a bowl of cereal. By providing low-sugar options, you’re helping them get off to a great start. Cereal is also especially portable and doesn’t need any preparation to be enjoyed. It’s easy to fill a plastic bag full of cereal and throw it in a backpack or purse as a snack for later!


100% Fruit Juice
Check the label and make sure that “juice” isn’t actually filled with high fructose corn syrup and other unhealthy fillers and chemicals.

Single servings are the best because they are the most portable which makes them perfect for school lunches, but any size so long as it’s actual juice will be greatly appreciated.


Choose more nutritious form of the foods you want to give
Canned food is the go-to for any food pantry, but there are ways to add nutrition into the foods you donate:

• Fruit canned in its own juice rather than syrup;
• Vegetables canned without added salt;
• Cereals that are high in fiber and don’t have much added sugar;
• Whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and quinoa;
• Low sodium soups and low-sodium versions of other products such as pasta sauce;
• Lean protein, such as beans and canned tuna;

Those minor changes can have a big impact on the health of the people who receive your donations!


Pop-Top Lids
Have you ever taken a can of soup to work only to realize at lunch time your office doesn’t have a can opener? Choose pop-tops whenever you can--this consideration can make life ten times easier for the receiver of your donation!


Cooking Essentials
It’s hard to make a meal that appeals to the taste buds without a little oil and spices. Consider donating healthy oils like olive oil, which is a kitchen staple. And spices like garlic powder, salt, pepper, and onion powder (just to name a few!) can really transform a meal from bland and basic to terrific and tasty!


Don’t Forget Baby

Having a baby can be especially difficult for families. Consider including things especially for baby in your donation like diapers, baby food, and formula. These are important things for a new family to have, but are often forgotten!


Household Staples

Toilet paper. Toothpaste. Paper towels. Soap. Shampoo and conditioner. Deodorant. These are things everyone needs. Giving personal hygiene items can really help people’s available economic resources go further.


Ideas courtesy of The Hunger Site and Catholic Charities. Read more ideas here.





How We Can Help You


At St. Martin dePorres Food Pantry, we strive to help our neighbors feed their families. With your donations, our goal is to end hunger.

  • Food Today

  • Food Security Tomorrow.

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We Are Open

Food Distribution Hours

Every Other Week

Tuesday, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Wednesday, 9:00 - 11:00 AM


Contact Us

St. Martin dePorres Food Pantry

104 South Kemp Street

Florence, S.C. 29506

Ms. Pat Bromley, Director

Contact 843.268.1069


Pray With Us

Please join us in petitioning St. Martin that all Americans would find unity in God, who is the source of everlasting justice and peace. Offered by the Dominican Friars Foundation, New York, NY, join us as we pray a Novena to St. Martin de Porres for Racial Reconciliation and Peace, click here.


Find Us

St. Ann Catholic Church

Fr. Noel P. Tria, Pastor

113 South Kemp Street

Florence, S.C. 29506


Open M-F, 8:00-4:00 Daily





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