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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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


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,


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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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