Matthew 25 Food Pantry

"For I was hungry and you fed me..."

Power Pak Program

The Matthew 25 Power Pak Program is teaming up with the Catskill Elementary Business Club students to provide a weekend supply of nutritious food for children when school lunch is unavailable on a weekend or school holiday.  Each bag contains 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 fruits, juices, milk and extras .  All food is nonperishable and provided to children free of charge.  It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior, and achievement of every student that participates. 

The program is intended to help those children whose families find it difficult to have enough food for an entire month.

Every Thursday, the Catskill Elementary School Business Club students  pack bags for the "Power Pak" students of the Catskill Elementary School  and every Friday they deliver these bags to the child's classroom.  These students range from Pre-K to 5th grade.  At this time we are serving 55 students. This program follows the school calendar.

If you would like to have your child receive a "Power Pak" bag, please contact me at 518-943-5890.


Our program is not government funded and is funded entirely through the generous gifts of individuals, the Fortnightly Club, The CES Business Club and the Athens Generator Plant.


For more info... please contact me Patti D at 518-821-7298.


At times people will be in need of food but they come outside of the regular pantry hours.  In these situations the requestors are given an emergency bnox of food to satisfy their immediate need.  The recipients are also referred to the regular pantry program so they will be able to receive a full order of food within the next few days.                                     The Emergency Box contains about 25 items.

Angel Wings

During the winter months, when the utility bills are high, the Matthew 25 Food Pantry provides assistance to our elderly.  It is difficult for our senior citizens to get out in the winter.  A lot of them are disabled and do not have transportation so we decided to go to them.  Matthew 25 now delivers food to our clients that are unable to come to us.

Birthday Bags

The Matthew 25 Food Pantry does not like to see a child celebrate a birthday without something special.  To address this need, Matthew 25 stocks Birthday Bags for children.  When the Director interviews the family, she inquires about the age of the children and if they will soon be celebrating a birthday.  When the client goes to pick up their order, they are given a Birthday Bag for that child celebrating his/her birthday.  The supplies for a Birthday Bag are: Cake mix, Frosting,  and Candles.  We also include the plastic ware, napkins, cups, tablecloth, balloons and a birthday present. 

Sick Bags

With this long winter a lot of our clients got sick.  We decided to put together some "Sick" bags.  It's a little gift to help them out for a few days.  Our bags consist of: Tylenol, Cough Drops, Hand Sanitizer and Kleenex.  We also keep OTC allergy medication on hand just in case.

Backpack Program

Matthew 25 hands out Backpacks to all school age children in grades Kindergarten through Senior year that are in need.  We want every child to be able to start school just like everyone else.  Inside the backpacks we put school supplies that the children will need.  The supplies are: Pens/Pencils, Erasers, 3 Ring Binders, Composition Books, Ruled Paper, Pencil Box, Glue, Scissors, Markers and One and Three Subject Notebooks.  Every child should go to school with dignity.

Hygiene Bag

Matthew 25 puts personal hygiene items into Ziploc Bags. We give these to our clients when needed.  Our bags minimally consist of: Soap, Toothpaste and Toothbrush, Dental Floss, Shampoo, Conditioner and Deodorant.

Thanksgiving Baskets

We at Matthew 25 want everyone to be able to sit down with their families and have a nice holiday meal.  So our volunteers start planning in October for the holidays.  We at Matthew 25 set up a special day and give out "Thanksgiving Baskets."  Our clients receive everything to cook a nice turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  Right down to the cranberry sauce!  When I finally sit down to enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner, I am at peace knowing the people we served will be having the same dinner as us. 

Christmas Baskets

This is Matthew 25's favorite time of the year... Yes, its a lot of hard work for us all, but we love it.

We set a special day in December, just before Christmas and invite those in need to come down.  We have bags of food already for them to take home for their families.  The bags consists of Hams or Turkeys and all the trimmings for a very nice Christmas Dinner.  But that is not all, our clients are able to "shop" for their families.  We set up the clothing room with tables of brand new clothes for the children, women and men.  We have a table set up with Christmas Toys for the children as well.  Parents can pick out gifts for themselves and their families at no charge.  Its a wonderful time of the year.