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Enthusiastic volunteer and supporter of St Anthony's Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park, CA, providing technical support and other forms of assistance whenever possible.

2016 Rotary Club Car Raffle

Honda Insight LXAnthony’s Padua Dining Room is grateful to the Redwood City Rotary Club, chaired by Pete Hughes, for the opportunity to participate in their eleventh annual car raffle, a 2013 Honda Civic LX or $18,000.00. Tickets are available for $5.00 each in the Dining Room at any time and they are also on sale two weekends in June after each Mass. If you wish to purchase tickets, please send a check (payable to Rotary Club) and we’ll be happy to send the ticket stubs to you. All monies received come back to the Dining Room for food and expenses to continue our services. The raffle drawing will take place in downtown Redwood City on July 4th at 4:00pm. Please join us in this fund raiser with all proceeds for the poor.

The Rotary Club Car Raffle Ticket Order Form:

Name: ____________________________________

Address: __________________________________

City: _____________________________________

State: __________ ZIP: _____________________

Number of Tickets at $5.00 each: _____________

Total Submitted: ___________________________

Signature: _________________________________

Note 1: Your ticket stubs will be mailed to you! The winning ticket can be exchanged for $18,000 in lieu of receiving the Honda Civic!!! Raffle Ticket Orders must be received no later than June 30th for the July 4th drawing!!!

Print this page, complete the order form, and mail along with your check
payable to:

Rotary Club
c/o St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room
3500 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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2016 Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Saint Anthony’s Padua Dining Room
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
November 24th, 2016
12:00 to 2:30 PM

St Anthony’s Church
3500 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 365-9664


Dinner will be served from 12:00 to 2:30 PM. All are welcomed. Bags of canned foods, fresh fruit, vegetables and bread will also be distributed.

Donations for this event
Please refer to our Holidays Needs List

Cash donations are very helpful and always warmly appreciated.


For general volunteer and donations information, please visit:

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2016 Annual Christmas Toy Give-Away

St Anthony’s Padua Dining Room
along with the Menlo Park Fire Department will be hosting the
2015 Annual Christmas Toy Giveaway
this Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec 23rd,
from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM.

No need to sign up. Children can pick out their own toys new and unwrapped inside the trailer next to the Dining Room.  All are welcome.


Donations for the 2016 Annual Toy Give-Away

Unwrapped, new toys for children 2-to-14 years of age or gift cards should be delivered to St Anthony’s Rectory Office, located on the right hand side of the entrance driveway right before the Chapel. The Rectory will be open to receive donations the day after Thanksgiving through Dec 23rd, 9 to 4pm.


For general volunteer and donations information, please visit:

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2016 Christmas Dinner

Saint Anthony’s Padua Dining Room
Annual Christmas Dinner
Saturday, December 24th, 2016
12:00 to 2:30 PM

St Anthony’s Church (map)
3500 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 365-9664


Volunteers for this event
We urge everyone who would like to volunteer for this event to call (650) 365-9664,
December 1st, 2016 after 9:00 AM.

Donations for this event


For general volunteer and donations information, please visit:

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2013/14 Appreciation Dinner

A special thanks to all the wonderful and dedicated volunteers who contribute so much of your time and energy, heart and soul, to the St Anthony’s Padua Dining Room. Without your tremendous support, the dining room would not be able to continuously provide 5-to-600 hot nutritious meals a day, six days a week, all year around to those in need. You also help to provide the warm and welcoming environment in which no questions are asked and no one is ever turned away.

Thank, you — Padua volunteers, one and all !

More pictures can be found at these locations:


We are always looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Please browse our volunteer page on this website for the most up-to-date information.

 

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News Clips

This page contains links to past news articles in PDF-format for easy viewing in the browser of your choice.

Please Beware of any pop-up messages that indicate you need Adobe Reader in order to view this or any website. These are usually malware attacks which will lead an unsuspecting visitor into automatically downloadling harmful programs onto his computer with little or no option. Adobe does offer their free Adobe Reader at their website: http://get.adobe.comp/reader.

Feeding the Multitudes
— Upfront, Sep 14, 1994
St Anthony’s Celebrates 20 Years of Feeding the Hungry
— Menlo Park Almanac, Mon Sep 7, 1994
Dining Room Volunteer Gave up Work, Not Life
— Peninsula Times Tribune, Mon, Dec 28, 1992
Menlo Firefighters Collecting Food, Toys
— Peninsula Times Tribune, Fri, Dec 18, 1992
Toys for the Needy
— Peninsula Times Tribune, Mon, Dec 7, 1992
A “Can Do” Christmas
— Peninsula News, Sun Dec 6, 1992
St Anthony’s Cooking Up the Feast (All the Trimmings)
— San Jose Mercury News, Fri, Nov 20, 1992
1000 Guests Expected for Holiday Feast
— San Jose Mercury News Local, Fri Nov 20, 1992
Too Little Food, Too Many Hungry
— Peninsula Times Tribune, Thu, Nov 19, 1992
Turkey Tastes Just as Good (page 1)
— Peninsula Times Tribune, Sun, Apr 19, 1992
Turkey Tastes Just as Good (page 2)
— Peninsula Times Tribune, April 19, 1992
Helping Others for Easter
— Peninsula Times Tribune, Fri, April 17, 1992
Late Donations Saved Easter Feast
— Peninsula Times Tribune, April 1992
Food Bank Still Needs Turkeys
— Peninsula Times Tribune, circa 1992
Free Meal at St Anthony’s Draws 1400
— Peninsula Times Tribune, date unknown
Something for Everyone
Peninsula Times Tribune, Fri, Dec 7, 1990
Gifts of Time Replace Money
— Source Unknown, Weekly News, Wed, Dec 5, 1990
St Anthony’s Food Feast Brings Holiday Cheer to Volunteers Too
— Peninsula Times Tribune, date unknown
Meals, Food, Toys Aplenty at St Anthony’s
— Peninsula Times Tribune, date unknown
More than 1,000 Enjoy Meals at St Anthony’s
— Peninsula Times Tribune, date unknown
Peninsula Volunteer Sam Acuff
— Peninsula Times Tribune, date unknown
A Sunny Thanksgiving is Due (page 1)
— Peninsula Times Tribune, date unknown
A Sunny Thanksgiving is Due (page 2)
— Peninsula Times Tribune, date unknown

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Padua Dining Room Newsletters

This page contains links to St Anthony’s Padua Dining Room Newsletters, in PDF-format for easy viewing in the browser of your choice.

Please Beware of any pop-up messages that indicate you need Adobe Reader in order to view this or any website. These are usually malware attacks which will lead an unsuspecting visitor into automatically downloadling harmful programs onto his computer with little or no option. Adobe does offer their free Adobe Reader at their website: http://get.adobe.comp/reader.

2013 Annual Spring Newsletter  Greetings… Remember St. Anthony’s in Your Will… Christmas Toy Giveaway…

2012 Annual Spring Newsletter   Greetings… St Anthony’s Dining Room Exists Because of Volunteers… Donations

2011 Annual Spring Newsletter   Greetings… New Angels in Heaven… Development Committee Activities… What is SOS?   

2010 Annual Spring Newsletter  Greetings… Spotlight on Volunteers… Rotary Car Raffle … New Defibrillator Installation

2009 Annual Spring Newsletter  Fr. Medina Returns to St Anthony’s… Friends Helping Neighbors Fundraising Breakfast… Almanac Holiday Fund… Staying Healthy in Tough Economic Times – Feeding the Needy

2007 Annual Spring Newsletter  Our Services… Dining Room Wish List… Car Raffle… Christmas Toy Giveaway

1998 Annual Spring Newsletter  Our History… A Lady for All Seasons… A New Truck for St Anthony’s…

 

 

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Being of Service During the Holidays (for groups)

During the Holiday Season many company groups, service organizations, clubs, and  neighborhood groups wish to give back to the community and to help our less fortunate neighbors. St. Anthony’s Dining Room has limited numbers of positions available for serving at the Holiday meals of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. These need to be scheduled the morning of the first day of the month of the Holiday, e.g., November 1 for Thanksgiving Day.

For other days during the season, Groups may schedule a day of service, Monday through Friday by calling the Dining Room or e mailing to maxtorres@covad.net.
Serving the hot meal isn’t the only way people can be of service.

We distribute Holiday food bags at Thanksgiving and Christmas. These food bags are a complete meal for a family of 2 to 4, and are supplemented by the fresh vegetables and fruit we have available on that day. We have prepared a list of items from Costco that we can use for volunteer groups to assemble up to 700 complete meal dinner bags for each holiday.

We can always use frozen turkeys. A Turkey Drive among your members is another way to contribute, without having to schedule a morning to be on-site at St. Anthony’s Dining Room. We can pick up on a prearranged day for large Turkey Drives.

New socks and gently used warm outer wear are always needed by our guests at this time of the year. Organizing and conducting a sock drive or warm coat drive among your membership, then bringing the results here and having lunch with our guests is a nice alternate.

Each year we collaborate with the Menlo Park Fire District and other Fire Fighters for our Christmas Toy give-away program. We need new, unwrapped toys for babies to preteens for the 2,000 or so families we assist. The Fire Fighters put out and pick up collection containers for this toy drive, at the Fire Stations and groups can arrange for pick-up of large collections of their assembled toys by calling the Dining Room 650-365-9665 or you may drop them off here at the Dining Room between 8am and 4pm Monday through Saturday.

These are just some of the ways groups may contribute to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room and participate in the Holiday Spirit of helping the less fortunate.

We also find that money donations directly to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room give us the flexibility to supplement in-kind donations so we can be of maximum service.

Holiday Dinner Bag Needs : For Assembling 700 Holiday Bags

  Description COSTCO ITEM # Package Amt Price
Staples: 20 each needed
  Rice, long grain   50 lb bags  
  Pinto Beans   50 lb bags  
Canned Meat: 700 needed
  Chicken, white meat, 12 oz 51070 6 10.99
  Roast Beef, 12 oz 458184 4 11.99
Canned Vegatables:
1400 Needed,2 per bag
  Cut Green Beans 512691 12 7.99
  Canned Sweet Peas 192266 8 5.59
  Sweet Corn 512630 12 7.69
Canned Fruit:
1400 needed, 2 per bag
       
  Mandarin Oranges 420778 12 8.99
  Lite Fruit Cup 845825 24 8.89
  Apple Sauce
(plan on 4 individual
servings per bag)
7889 36 10.49

Our Needs List for the Holiday Season (updated yearly)

Our Needs List Throughout the Year

Food items: For the 600 meals a day we prepare, we need large quantities of single items. Institutional packaging is most desirable.

Meats Canned/Pack Foods
  • Turkeys (whole frozen)
  • Ham (whole or canned)
  • Tuna (canned, 7-oz or 1-lb)
  • Chicken (canned breast meat,
    1-oz size)
  • Canned Fruits
  • Powdered Milk
  • Pasta Sauce (#10 cans)
  • Olives
  • Juices
Dry Goods Other
  • Pinto Beans (25-lb sacks)
  • White Rice (25-lb sacks)
  • Pasta
  • Egg Noodles
  • Instant Potatoes (10-lb size)
  • Flour / Corn Starch
  • Cooking Oils
  • Butter (unsalted)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salad Dressing
  • Sugar
  • Coffee (ground)
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
(Case or bulk amounts)
onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, summer squash, apples, lemons, oranges

This may best be accomplished by making a Cash Donation to our Vegetable Account at Sigona’s Market, 2345 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, (650) 368-6992.

Cash Donations are always appreciated.

Annual Christmas Toy Giveaway

  • Unwrapped New Toys for children aged 2-14 years; Christmas Candies.

Clothing Center

Winter All Year
  • New Athletic socks
  • Sweatshirts
  • Warm coats & sweaters
  • New Sleeping bags
  • New/Gently used clothing and shoes for men, women, and children
  • Toiletries
  • Baby Diapers
  • Blankets
  • Plastic kitchen garbage bags
  • Ball caps, and Work Gloves

FURNITURE, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AND BABY EQUIPMENT ARE DISCOURAGED

St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room  is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization. Federal Tax I.D. number: 94-3151091. All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.
For more info, please call Max Torres, Manager of Operations at (650) 365-966,
paduadiningroom@gmail.com.

 

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Sequoia Health Care District Volunteers

This week, Sequoia Healthcare District’s Board members and senior staff volunteered with us at the Dining Room. The District has been supporting us through its wonderful Community Services program since 2009. Pictured are Lee Michelson, CEO, Pamela Kurtzman, Director of the Healthy Schools Initiative, and Board of Directors VP
Jerry Shefren, M.D.

Thank you Sequoia Healthcare District for all your support!

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Volunteers Needed

We have reached out to all our neighboring parishes and we are reaching out to you, too. The Padua Dining Room at St Anthony’s Church in Menlo Park needs volunteers to work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. We need a commitment of at least once-a-week, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday to help prepare and serve the hot meals we provide to the poor. Please call our volunteer coordinator at (650) 365-9664. Call anytime and leave a message.

For general information about volunteering for the Padua Dining Room, click HERE.

Thank You 🙂

Max Torres, Operations Manager for the Padua Dining Room at St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Menlo Park, CA presents an overview of this service with a special focus on the volunteers without whom the continuing success of the program would not be possible.

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