The Shepherd’s Crook Food Pantry at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City is currently open three mornings a week to serve those with the need for food items, a bagged lunch and some toiletries. During the summer months, many of the international students working in Ocean City are served.
This summer, Shepherd’s Crook is experiencing an overwhelming increase in the number of clients, due to the rising cost of food and the influx of international students coming into Ocean City. Between 80 and 100 clients come through the doors in the two hours the “Crook” is open. As a result, it has been difficult to keep up with the demand to keep the shelves stocked.
The month of August has been designated as Shepherd’s Crook month. Each week, specific popular items are requested.
August 1 – Cereal
August 8 – Canned Goods, especially corn and black beans
August 15 – Toiletries
August 22 – Peanut Butter
Shepherd’s Crook was founded in 2002 by church parishioners whose goal was to “Feed My Sheep” (John 21:17). It is run entirely by volunteers from both within and without the parish. Shepherd’s Crook operates out of DeWees Hall (on 3rd Street) 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) from 10 am to Noon. All donations can be dropped off during operating hours or brought to church on Sunday mornings. Monetary donations can be mailed to the church at 302 N. Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842. Please be sure to note on your check that it is designated for Shepherd’s Crook.