Founder Sr. Mary Genevieve Ryskiewicz has been, remains instrumental in St. Felix Pantry’s success.
With so many people out of work or working more than one job, it becomes increasingly difficult to put food on a family’s table, no matter where they live.
St. Felix Pantry in Rio Rancho, NM, has been serving the city’s needy since Dec. 23, 1992, and it is extraordinarily fitting that Sr. Genevieve, founder of the St. Felix Pantry, should be honored for her years of community service.
“A strong sense of community has always been a hallmark of Rio Rancho, and we are blessed to have someone like Sr. Genevieve in our midst,” said Rio Rancho Mayor Greg Hull. “Her vision and dedicated leadership coupled with the generosity of our residents have made the St. Felix Pantry a refuge for those among us who are in need.”
“When we opened our doors in 1995, we helped 36 families the first month,” said Manuel Casias, vice president of development for the Pantry. “Last month, we served over 4,000 families, so you can see the need has drastically increased.”
Sr. Genevieve has proven true to the vision that “Our community is the place where we can be most effective.”
Today, St. Felix Pantry remains a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to her vision and leading positive social change through advocacy, service and information.
Our mission is simple: We provide hope to individuals and families in need by providing food, clothing and referral services.
After discovering the plight of the many hungry people in New Mexico, Sr. Genevieve decided to act; and with overwhelming support from the local community, the pantry has since provided food for thousands of residents.
We are still strongly committed to “taking a bite out of local hunger.”
About one third of the individuals who now rely on what they gather at the Pantry are older citizens.
A growing number of other Pantry clients are people who worked hard all their lives and never expected to be coming to the Pantry for help, but now are in need because of a tight job market and tough economic times.
Dignity and choice are valued by St. Felix Pantry supporters, and those values are reflected in the way the Pantry operates.
Our core values are:
1. Respect for Human Dignity
4. Solidarity with the Poor
5. Justice and Peace
With Sr. Genevieve’s guidance, the Pantry, with its ded icated volunteer force of 110 and generous donors, has expanded the mission to offer referral services through the city of Rio Rancho to help fill needs the Pantry is unable to provide. You are being asked to please help us honor Sr. Mary Genevieve because you, too, are a pillar in the Rio Rancho community. Either directly or indirectly, you and Sr. Genevieve have made a tremendous difference helping to grow and shape this community. We are asking you to please consider a donation marked for the Sr. Genevieve Wall of Honor. Your name will be inscribed on a plaque and it will be placed next to a photo of Sr. Genevieve. We are asking you to consider sponsoring the wall by making a $1,000 to $5,000 donation to St. Felix Pantry. For more information please call Manuel Casias at 505-270-1366 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.