Right after the turn of the century in the early 2000s, St. Mary's was home to the Washington County Food Pantry. While Fr. Lyle Martin was with us, he saw the need for us to find additional funding and space for the Food Pantry. His solution began with the creation of Joseph's Coat, Inc. Joseph's Coat is a thrift store located at 1737 Washington Street in Blair. After receiving help from the Washington County Ministerial Association, Fr. Lyle and St. Mary's got Joseph's Coat off the ground and operating as a separate, stand-alone not-for-profit organization. Today Joseph's Coat has its own board of directors as well as an executive director and program manager. Today the Food Pantry can serve upwards of 650 individuals a month and approximately 14,000 total meals.
Through an initiative begun in 2013, the Washington County Ministerial Association invites various area churches to "adopt" the Food Pantry for a month every year. Depending upon their seasonal needs, the church congregations are asked to respond accordingly. The month of May is St. Mary's "adopted" month.
Throughout May, parishioners and visitors to St. Mary's are encouraged to bring donated food items and toiletries to every worship service. The donations are taken as part of the offering that the church makes and then they are blessed by the clergy. Following that service, the goods are then delivered to the Food Pantry.