St. Al’s food pantry temporarily closes for ‘restructuring’

St. Alexander food pantry
On Tuesday, this sign greeted visitors to the Servant Church of St. Alexander food pantry.

Two vehicles pulled into the parking lot at Servant Church of St. Alexander in Farmington Hills Tuesday morning, with drivers expecting to drop off day-old baked goods and other donations for the St. Al’s food pantry.

Instead, they found the doors locked. A simple paper sign announced the pantry was “temporarily closed.” A local resident who contacted Farmington Voice described the closure as “sudden,” with no notice to volunteers.

While the future of the building has remained uncertain since the parish voted two years ago to merge with St. Gerald Catholic Church on Farmington Road, the 30-year-old charity continued operating under the direction of coordinator Carol Greening. As of Tuesday, she was no longer employed by the pantry. She offered no comment “due to the confidential nature of the situation” and out of respect for her faith.

A staff member at St. Gerald, who asked that she not be identified by name, said the food pantry is undergoing “some restructuring”, and the closure will be “very short-term, hopefully not more than this week.”

“We’re anxious to re-open and continue serving people in need,” she said.

Located on Shiawassee, east of Middlebelt, the St. Alexander food pantry works with families by appointment. In December, volunteers from St. Gerald and St. Fabian Catholic churches, St. Francis Council Knights of Columbus (Our Lady of Sorrows), Nardin Park United Methodist Church, and Groves-Walker American Legion Post packed food boxes that were distributed to 150 families.