St. Vincent de Paul


Society of St. Vincent de Paul

St. Francis Xavier - St. Therese Conference




The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic outreach organization of St. Francis Xavier and St. Therese Catholic Churches.  We are an equal opportunity provider whose primary mission is to provide fresh food and financial assistance to needy families. SVDP is located at 2073 Lafayette Street in downtown Fort Myers at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Grand Avenue.





Our Food Pantry is open on every  Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. We need new volunteers in the following areas:


  • Food pick up at Harry Chapin, dock time 7:30 a.m., need trailers and pickup trucks.

  • Unloading to staging areas at SVDP 8:00 a.m.

  • Food Distribution 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

  • Fill in Client Forms 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

  • Traffic Control 8:00 a.m.- Noon.

  • Pantry Cleaning, sweep, vacuum, wipe shelves,  11:30 a.m. on Fridays

  • Packing Food Bags – Monday 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.





Our offices are open every Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 a.m. Clients residing in our parish boundaries complete the Client Information Form and identify their financial needs. After intake, clients are assigned to a case worker to determine the assistance SVDP can provided.


  • Client arrival control – Thursday 8 - 11 a.m.

  • Intake Review 9 – 11 a.m.

  • Case worker aid determination Thursday 9 - 11 a.m.




  • Ordering of client forms.

  • Fund Raising, Grants.

  • Maintaining cleaning supplies.

  • Organizing file cabinets and client information brochures.

  • Microsoft Access support, backup and maintenance.




Volunteers do not have to be either experts or saints– just regular folks willing to volunteer their time and respond to the Lord through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. This is a wonderful way to learn to serve those in whom we see the face of Christ and to get to know others in the parish. 







The Burden of Charity


You will find that charity is a heavy burden to carry,Vincent with Bread

Heavier than the bowl of soup and the full basket,

But you will keep your gentleness and your smile.

It is not enough to give soup and bread,

This the rich can do.

You are the servant of the poor,

Always smiling and always good humored.

The poor are your masters you will see.

Then the uglier and dirtier they will be,

The more unjust and insulting,

The more you must give them.

It is only for your love alone

That the poor will forgive you

The bread that you give them.


St. Vincent de Paul


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.