Food Pantry & Urban Ministry

Urban Ministry

Peg Anderton, MDiv; DMin
Pastoral Associate

St. Luke’s Urban Ministry is a ministry of personal contact, advocacy, referral and counseling aimed at raising the quality of life within the parish and wider community. St. Luke’s has made a commitment to implementing new and innovative urban initiatives with the goal of congregational and community renewal. The Pastoral Associate for Parish & Urban Ministry will coordinate efforts with parishioners, the Central State Street Neighborhood Association, neighborhood residents, businesses and community groups to address issues related to quality of life, safety and personal and communal empowerment.

The Daily Bread Food Pantry

Mary Jane Smith
(518) 347-1385

The Daily Bread Food Pantry is the second largest food pantry in Schenectady County. Annually the pantry provides over 100,000 parcels of food to our most vulnerable neighbors.

The pantry is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm and is staffed by volunteers from St. Luke’s and surrounding parishes as well as other community members. The Food Pantry does not discriminate on the basis of Creed, ethnic background, lifestyle or color. All who are in need are served.

Funding for The Daily Bread Food pantry is made possible in several ways:

  • St. Luke’s monthly food collection – the 2nd weekend of each month – cash donations as well as food items needed.
  • Donations of grocery items and monetary donations from local parishes, agencies and organizations
  • State and Federal grants
  • Individual gifts and donations

For food requests, to volunteer, or for more information, call (518) 347-1385.

“The Daily Bread Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.”


St. Luke’s Urban Ministry is involved in several community collaborations focused on creating a healthy environment and hopeful future including:

Schenectady STRONG Initiative

Schenectady STRONG is a partnership of law enforcement, social services, the faith community, and the citizens most affected by violence in our community.  The message of of this deterrence effort is: The violence MUST stop!

Annual Streetscape Project

Parishioners are invited in the fall and spring to engage in a neighborhood beautification project with our neighbors.

Schenectady Coalition for a Healthy Community

A coordinated, efficient, and effective way to identify and resolve community health needs with a particular focus on the needs of underserved populations and neighborhoods.