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(Frequently Asked Questions)

  • What is the difference between St. Vincent DePaul Parish and Vincent's Community Outreach?​

St. Vincent DePaul Parish is a Roman Catholic Church that has served the poor in South St. Louis city for over 175 years. Through “social ministries funding” & various volunteer programs, the people of St Vincent DePaul Church provided the needed support & service to both individuals & neighborhoods struggling with poverty & homelessness.

Vincent's Community Outreach (VCO) was launched in 2012 to support individuals of all faiths & backgrounds to the mission of providing community outreach services & programs. Although a relatively young non-profit organization, its mission & values are deeply rooted, embedded, & derived from “social ministries funding” & operations dating back 175 years. Vincent’s Community Outreach operates as a 501 c3 non-profit organization. The VCO relies on the generous donations, gifts in kind, grants, staff & volunteers to deliver meals, food pantry, & lunch window services in St. Louis, MO.

  • How can I make a General Donation to the VCO or donate to a specific program?


If you would like to make a General Donation or a Specific Donation to one of our particular programs (i.e. The Christmas Program, Lunch Window, Suds of Love, etc.) you can Click Here. On this secure site you will have the option to make a general donation directly to the VCO, which funds our outreach service, or you can specify which specific program you would like your donation to go to. 100% of all donations we receive are used to fund the VCO and its programs directly.


  • I am in need of outreach services. Can you help me?

Outreach services in the city of St. Louis are divided generally among zip-codes. We at Vincent's Community Outreach service the 63104 zip-code dependent on limited available funds. If you live in our service area & are able to provide proof of Residency (i.e. utility bill, copy of Food Stamp award letter, or a copy of rental agreement), if we have funds available, we could assist you with food from our Food Pantry, Utility Assistance, or Rental Assistance.

 If you live outside our service area, you can contact the United Way by dialing 211 from your phone or Click Here to go directly to their website.

You can also Click Here to visit "Start Here", a resource website. If you are homeless, we can provide you with Lunch Monday through Saturday from 11a-1p, a hot Meal 5-6pm from the 22nd to the 1st of each month, and a fresh change of clothes from our clothing window every Tuesday from 12:15-1:30p.  

  • How can I volunteer and get involved?                        Who do I contact?

We have many programs and services we offer to the community. If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can Click Here visit our Volunteer Page or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Pat Poehling directly. 


  • How can I get a group of students involved & what can they help with?

If you are interested in bringing a group of students to volunteer or would like more information about volunteer opportunities, Click Here to contact our Volunteer coordinator, Pat Poehling.

  • What do I do if I have a large amount of food I want to donate?

If you would like to donate a large amount of Perishable Food, Click Here to contact our Kitchen Manager Bobby Trampier.  If you would like to donate a large amount on "Non-Perishable Food",

Click Here to contact our Food Pantry Manager, Fr. Dan Thiess, CM.


  • What in-kind donations DO we accept and what we DON’T accept?

We accept clean clothing of all sizes, shoes, small household items, i.e. plates, silverware, pots, pans, bedding & toiletries. Donations can be brought to the church during normal business hours, Mon-Fri  9a-3p. We cannot accept furniture, large appliances, mattresses or electronics. If you have something to donate that is not on our list of acceptable donations, you can Click Here to be routed to a site with a list of charity organizations in St. Louis, MO.

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