12 Days of Giving: Society of St. Vincent dePaul stays at the forefront of city's hunger

By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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The holiday season is known as a time of giving, but for the Society of St. Vincent dePaul in Roseville, the mission to help locals in need never ends. For 29 years, the society has worked to fight hunger in Placer County and provide basic medical attention to those who can’t afford it. The nonprofit group runs a food locker from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The food is specifically for Placer County residents, requiring identification to ensure the sustenance goes to locals. The Society of St. Vincent dePaul also hosts a free clinic from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Wednesday. While city codes bar the homeless from picking up bags of groceries directly the food locker, the society also operates a dining hall with hot meals for the homeless from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Society of St. Vincent dePaul in Roseville is funded primarily through food donations from area stores and restaurants, and monetary donations from businesses and private residents. Food and money donations can be dropped off from 9 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday All proceeds from purchases made at the group’s thrift store also help fund its mission to feed the hungry.

“Overall, the need for food has been up all year,” said Cindy Eaton, a coordinator at the food locker. “We’re certainly seeing an increase.”

Eaton added that the society is also running a program for families looking to metaphorically “adopt” another family in need to buy Christmas gifts for.      

Nonprofit name: The Society of St. Vincent dePaul

Mission: Feeding the hungry and homeless of Placer County

How to help: Make food or money donations

Contact: The society’s food locker at (916) 781-3303