Day 3: Feeding Those in Need


NEW DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Service Project: Donate food and personal hygiene items to The Grotto’s food drive.

Partner: Snow Cap Community Charities

Inspiration: Servite St. Philip Benizi

Just as St. Philip, the early Servite saint, was known for his charity and feeding his fellow friars and townsmen miraculously when they were starving, we invite you to donate generously to our food drive to help feed the many people needing basic sustenance in this time of need.

A Prayer for Today’s Day of Service

Heavenly Father,

Inspired by Saint Philip Benizi, may I too take concrete steps to help the hungry around me.

Open my heart and my cupboards to generously offer to others from what I have.

Lord, bless and multiply my simple service to nourish the body and spirit of those desperately in need around me.


Prayer Cards

A limited number of prayer cards are available for pick-up this week, beginning Monday, at The Grotto Visitor Center.

If you are unable to come to The Grotto, email to arrange for a set to be sent to you, while supplies last.

Today’s Prayer Card:

Today’s Project Partner: SnowCap

SnowCap Community Charities is a philanthropic organization created to provide food, clothing, advocacy and other services to the poor.

Created in the 1960’s by a group of pastors who thought that the East Multnomah County area was not well served by social service agencies, SnowCap is now a broad base community service organization serving East Multnomah County, where The Grotto is located.

To learn more about SnowCap’s services, go to their website at

Today’s Project: Donate Food and Personal Hygiene Items

Help us gather much-needed items to stock SnowCap’s pantry. During this pandemic, food insecurity is at an all-time high.

We will be collecting non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items.

(No clothing items at this time, please.)

Items of Greatest Need

Canned Vegetables

Bar Soap

How to drop off your donation

Come to The Grotto’s main parking lot, located at NE 85th & Sandy Blvd., between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Collection bins will be located in the parking lot. If you are arriving by car, you may pull up to the bins where you can drop your items.

Staff and volunteers will be there to assist you if you would like. If so, we will practice safe social distancing. Please wear a mask if you exit your vehicle.

For those out of the area

For those of you not in the Portland area, we encourage you to seek local food banks currently accepting donations.

In response to the fires

The wildfires currently burning around the region have caused many people to be out of their homes and their jobs.

Food insecurity, which has been at an all-time high during the pandemic, is now greater than ever.

If you are unable to donate to our food drive, please consider doing so when and where you can. Hunger will remain after the fires have been extinguished.

While the fires still burn, the Red Cross is actively seeking volunteers for disaster relief services.

Click here to view the Red Cross disaster relief volunteer information page.

Today’s Inspiration: Servite St. Philip Benizi

St. Philip Benizi (1233-1285) was one of the shining lights of the early Servite Order, both intellectually and spiritually.

St. Philip’s gifts of compassion and generosity, as well as his leadership abilities, were readily recognized within his Servite community as well as the Church at large.

In 1267 Philip was chosen as general superior of the order and was eventually considered a possible candidate for the Papal Throne. This so distressed Philip that he fled and lived in a cave until the papal election was over.

During this time, he redoubled his penances, eating only herbs and drinking at a fountain, ever since held to be miraculous by reason of its healing qualities, and called “St. Philip’s Spring.”

St. Philip Benizi’s Retreat (1927)

This shrine is one of the earliest installations at The Grotto, and represents his time spent as a hermit in the mountains of Montagnata, Italy.

It is located on the lower level at The Grotto, which is free to all throughout the year.

30 Seconds of Peace at St. Philip’s Retreat

Learn more about the Servite Order

The Grotto is a ministry of the Servite Friars, Order of Servants of Mary.

To learn more about the Servites, please click here.

Thank you for participating in today’s Day of Service.