“Blessing Bags” Come to Saint Miriam!

Our “Blessing Food Bags” @ Saint Miriam is an award winning outreach to the homeless and food insecure in our area. Our program extends primarily to greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and suburbs, as well as Camden, New Jersey, Wilmington and Dover, Delaware areas. Our food blessing bags are supported by grant donations and volunteer contributions and are filled with nutritious food and goodies, as well as personal care items and feminine hygiene products for female clients. We introduced these Blessing Food Bags in 2018 and the idea of having a ready bag prepared and ready to hand out to our homeless brothers and sisters was greeted with enthusiasm by the members of our parish. These bags provide a homeless person with enough food to sustain them for a few days, as well as personal care items, and allows us to help them. The bags also contains such items as granola bars, Vienna Sausages, Tuna and/or Chicken packages, water, juice, crackers, peanut butter, and cookies and personal care items, as well as a personal note from those who packed the bags for distribution.

One of the most wonderful aspects of our program is that we ask those who volunteer to take the Blessing Food Bags into the streets to also engage with the receiving individual and bring their humanity to the surface.

And, we have two tag-along bags for special needs and circumstances including females in need of feminine hygiene products and our “Pets with People Bags” for currently homeless persons with pets to care for!

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If you would like to donate items for our Blessing Bags, here’s what to shop for:

Blessing Bags:

  • Package of crackers (21 per pack)
  • Granola Bar
  • Napkin, fork, knife and spoon packets
  • Small container apple-sauce or fruit mix
  • Bumble bee Chicken Salad (small container)
  • Juice pack
  • Individual container of pudding
  • Small container of Vienna Sausages
  • Single package of cheddar cheese and pretzels/crackers
  • Cinnamon twirl cake (1 little serving)
  • Individually wrapped cookie
  • Packets of peanut butter
  • Water
  • Toothbrushes
  • Tooth Paste
  • Soap (mini bars)
  • Body lotion (small bottles)
  • Personal Care /Sanitization Wipes

“Enhanced Version” of Blessing Bags:

Just for Girls – Period.

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Feminine Personal Care Wipes

As you Transition

Over the last 5+ years, we’ve seen the menstrual and reproductive health space begin to shift with respect to trans & nonbinary inclusion. As a Franciscan Catholic Parish that welcomes and cares for everyone in need, we are so proud to be part of that change by adding our newest specialty bags to our Blessing Bag Outreach Program for those experiencing homelessness. Our newest specialty bags join alongside our “Just for Girls. Period.” by offering discreetly designed feminine hygiene products while simultaneously respecting the trans person. We feel more committed than ever to serving the needs of one of the largest growing segments of homelessness; those LGBTQ persons rejected by family and friends and forced to live on the streets. In very real and tangible ways that value, respect, and affirm the diversity of their experiences and identities, we continue to care. We listened, we heard, we acted and now, we love even more.

People with Pets

  • Dog Food (dry)
  • Cat Food (small cans wet, or dry)
  • Pet treats
  • Pet Toys
  • Leashes
  • Collars

Car Safe:

  • Blankets
  • Scarves
  • Socks

We have distributed thousands of these wonderful and life-sustaining bags and will continue to outreach to those in need. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful program, please contact us here!

2 thoughts on ““Blessing Bags” Come to Saint Miriam!

  1. Hi, I’m hoping to visit your We Are All Homeless exhibit. If I do, I’d like to bring a few items for the blessing bags. Is there a collection spot available during the exhibit hours?

    Thank you.

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