Food Pantry Hours:
Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month:
The Food Pantry outreach program serves all Mesa residents and is open for distribution every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Families are entitled to receive food once a month from this facility. The process includes an interview with the family and they are referred to additional community resources when appropriate. There are both English and Spanish speaking interviewers. All clients wishing to pick up food must bring an ID and proof of Mesa residence, such as a utility bill.
To further their mission of providing assistance to families, the Food Pantry has joined forces with other agencies. Carol Stautberg, a nurse from St. Luke’s Clinic, provides families with information about health resources in the area. Mary Twentyman of My Own Books encourages literacy by giving out children’s books.
Volunteers wanting to participate in St. Mark’s Food Pantry are always welcome and can arrive at the church at 9:00 am on the second and fourth Monday (for set up) and on Tuesdays (for distribution) and will receive instructions from the Food Pantry staff.
For more information on volunteering with the Food Pantry ministry or for receiving the food distribution, contact the church office, or Barry and Penny Place at email@example.com.
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy (en español), this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Mark Downs Thrift Store
The “Mark Downs” Thrift Store is run entirely by volunteers of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Not only do they act as sales staff, but these volunteers sort through new and gently used donations, clean all items, price and display these items in the Thrift Store located on the west side of the church campus. Many brand names items are displayed throughout the store such as Nine West, Rue 21, Old Navy, Guess, Liz Claiborne, Coldwater Creek, Vera Wang and much more. Along with small furniture, collectibles, household items and antiques, there are bargains for the treasure hunters to be found among the sales shelves and racks.
What makes this ministry even more meaningful to the parishioners is how the thrift store received their original store fixtures. A family of businessmen from Phoenix, who are Muslims, heard about this Christian church that was seeking to begin a new ministry that would help other people and they decided to donate the store fixtures, some new trend clothing and accessories, and even paint to help make St. Mark’s dream a reality. The generous Muslim brothers commented that any profit they might make from selling the fixtures would be small in comparison to what they would gain by donating them to a good cause. “God rewards those with good hearts”, they said. “Please take all that you need and share the story.” The Mark Downs committee is extremely grateful to this family.
The proceeds from the thrift store pay a portion of our mission share to the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, as well as supporting the ministries of St. Mark’s. We welcome donations of good quality, clean items, including clothing, shoes, purses and accessories, household items, small appliances, and small furniture (that can be easily loaded into a car). If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Barb Haug at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Down's Thrift Store Hours:
Every Thursday and Friday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month (in conjunction with the food pantry): 9:00 AM- noon