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Partnering with corporations helps both ways! Ross Stores is a great friend to the St Francis Food Pantries and Shelters. As Ross Stores receives new inventory for their store shelves, they have excess inventory of their older items they need to move along. Once a month, Mark Sanchez from Ross coordinates a shipment of these items to our storage facility. The items are organized and boxed for distribution throughout our network of pantries; items like dish towels, spatulas, soap dispensers, frames for pictures, socks for kids – the list goes on and on! It's almost a grab bag of items every month.

These items are needed in every home, but for the clientele at our network of pantries, they are not easily affordable. Up against rising food prices, rent and the electric bill, something as simple as dish towels can become a luxury.

The Director of St Clements Food Pantry, Seth Sibanda knows this too well and looks at these household donations as a remarkable thing. His food pantry services the working poor on the west side of Manhattan, he sees how they struggle. Seth says with a smile, "the unconditional giving that we experience from St Francis, is nothing short of a blessing. Our clientele get so excited over a small item like a soap dispenser."

We thank Ross Stores for keeping in mind their fellow New Yorkers and St Francis Food Pantries. Business as usual is a good thing.

Donations from Ross Stores arrive at St Francis. Volunteers help organize and box up the the amazing variety of items donated by Ross stores.

An assortment of lunchboxes from Ross - always a big hit as we approach the schoolyear. A wonderful grab bag of towels and shampoo.

Backpacks and school bags are always in need.
Ross Stores donations end up where they're most needed - here they are at St Clements Food Pantry
The clients at St Clements are always grateful when the Ross donations arrive.