OLPH’s SALT Ministry

Serving All with Love Together (SALT)

Jesus calls us to be
“the salt of the earth”.

Just as salt is a necessary part of life, preserving and enhancing food, so the Christian is called to be a necessary part of the world, sprinkled out into everyday life to preserve and enhance the lives of others and build up the Kingdom of God.

SALT is a hands-on parish ministry that puts Jesus’ words into action by serving the hungry and needy of Baltimore City and Howard County in a direct, relational way by preparing meals and serving the hungry.

SALT brings yummy food, unconditional love, and hope for a better tomorrow to our many friends struggling with life on the margins in Baltimore City and the surrounding communities. 

A core team of parishioners kept SALT going throughout 2020, but as we navigate the next phase of the pandemic and as the needs of the neediest among us grow, we need your help to make a difference! 

There are many ways to serve: shopping, food preparation, making coffee, picking up donuts, serving downtown.

How can I help?

It’s as easy as signing up online and making sure you what time to meet the team here at OLPH.


Click the button below to get started.

Where does SALT serve?

SALT serves in multiple locations and a variety of ways:

Assemble Bagged Lunches in Parish Center Kitchen

Join us any Wednesday or Friday afternoon between the hours of 4-7 pm. Arrive when you can and stay for as long as you are able. Activities include bagging donuts, putting lunch items in bags, and making sandwiches.
Register to assemble sandwiches by clicking here.

Serve Downtown

We meet in the Parish Center Kitchen Saturdays and Sundays to prep food, organize items going downtown, load up cars, and/or serve at our Baltimore City locations. You can sign-up to help prep, and/or serve. This is a great opportunity to get service hours in and have some fun with other parish members.
Register to serve the needy by clicking here.

Where does SALT serve?

SALT serves in multiple locations and a variety of ways.:

Assemble Bagged Lunches in Parish Center Kitchen
Join us any Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday afternoon between the hours of 4-7 pm.  Arrive when you can and stay for as long as you are able. Activities include bagging donuts, putting lunch items in bags, and making sandwiches. Register to assemble sandwiches by clicking here.
Prep, Load, and/or Deliver bagged lunches to Business PartnersWe will meet in the Parish Center Kitchen Saturdays and Sundays to prep food, load up cars, and/or deliver to specific destinations in Baltimore City. You can sign-up to help prep, load, and/or drive. Register to load or deliver food for the needy by clicking here. 

Friday Night Meal Ministry at St. Vincent de Paul in Baltimore City.
A team of parishioners prepares food at OLPH in the Parish Center kitchen and then delivers and serves the food to the hungry and homeless at St. Vincent de Paul Church, located at the corner of E. Fayette and the Jones Falls Expressway. On the Fifth Friday of the month, OLPH provides the entire meal which is served at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Click here to sign up to help on a Fifth Friday. Before heading downtown see “What do I do to go offsite” below. Friday Night Meal Ministry is currently paused due to COVID-19.

Where does SALT serve?

SALT serves in multiple locations and a variety of ways:

  1. Friday Night Meal Ministry at St. Vincent de Paul in Baltimore City.
    A team of parishioners prepares food at OLPH in the Parish Center kitchen and then delivers and serves the food to the hungry and homeless at St. Vincent de Paul Church, located at the corner of E. Fayette and the Jones Falls Expressway. On the Fifth Friday of the month, OLPH provides the entire meal which is served at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Click here to sign up to help on a Fifth Friday. Before heading downtown see “What do I do to go offsite” below.
  2. Saturday & Sunday morning All Weather Compassion near Our Daily Bread Center in Baltimore City and Broadway.
    Every Saturday and Sunday morning, members of the SALT team meet at OLPH and brew fresh hot coffee and prepare a simple hot breakfast. They pack it up and then head downtown where they set up tables outdoors, near Our Daily Bread and on S. Broadway where they serve whoever is hungry. You can serve either in the kitchen at OLPH or on the street as a group of Parish missionaries who provide just a little “All Weather Compassion” every Saturday and Sunday morning.  Before heading downtown see “What do I do to go offsite” below.

Friday Night Meal Ministry

Every Friday night SALT team members serve at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Baltimore City. Every 1st-4th Friday we cook, deliver and serve baked chicken legs, desserts and other dishes. And on every 5th Friday, we provide the entire meal. It takes a big team but there are lots of helpful, easy ways to serve.
Sign up here to serve on Friday Nights!
Sign up here to be a part of our 5th Friday effort! 

Before heading downtown see “What do I do to go offsite” below.

All Weather Compassion

Every Saturday and Sunday mornings, members of the SALT team meet at OLPH and brew fresh hot coffee and prepare a simple hot breakfast. They pack it up and then head downtown where they set up tables outdoors, near Our Daily Bread and on S. Broadway where they serve whoever is hungry. You can serve either in the kitchen at OLPH or on the street as a group of Parish missionaries who provide just a little “All Weather Compassion” every Saturday and Sunday morning.

Before heading downtown see “What do I do to go offsite” below.

Sign up here to serve on Saturday or Sunday Mornings!

Clothing Drive

We need gently used clothing for our homeless friends so we can help them live a life with dignity and modest comfort.  Most often our requests are for socks, jackets, and boots. Clean out your closets or pick up clearance items – it will all be put to good use. If you have some clothing that you’d like to donate, please email the SALT team.

Donate Consumables

If you prefer, you can always pick up any of the following items while you are out shopping.  Simply mark them SALT and drop them off at the kitchen in the receptacle marked SALT or whenever it is open.

  • Eggs (2 dozen)
  • Cream Cheese
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Coffee Regular Grind
  • Coffee-Mate Powder (Large Container)
  • Hot Chocolate Powder
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Raisins
  • Old Fashion Style Oatmeal
  • Napkins
  • Bowls
  • Paper Plates
  • Plastic Spoons and Forks
  • ZipLoc Bags (sandwich and gallon sizes)

Donate Toiletries

We collect toiletries (shampoo, soap, lotion etc) to be distributed to the homeless. Please mark the bag with SALT and put it in the church pantry on the floor whenever you have items to give.  We particularly like travel sized products but can use any size you are willing to donate.

Donate Using a Credit Card

Money is, as you would expect, important to all of missions at OLPH. We’ve made it easy for individuals both inside the parish as well as outside to make “one-time” donations via credit card through Faith Direct by clicking here. If you want to do a recurring credit card donation you will log into Faith Direct here and select “SALT (Monthly)”.

Donate Cash or Check

If you would like to donate via a personal check, you can drop it into the weekly offering or mail it to Lisa Sliker at the Parish Office. Please be sure to mark it for SALT in the memo line and make the check out to OLPH. If you want to donate cash you can put it into an envelope and mark it for SALT and either put it in the weekly offering or drop it by the Parish Office for Lisa Sliker. Of course, you can donate money to the poor box in the church and a portion will go to support SALT.

What do I do to go offsite?

Going to other locations besides working at OLPH and your home requires a few steps.

1. Adults will need to fill out a waiver. Click to download the Adult Permission Form

2. If you are bringing a child, you need to fill out a waiver for your child(ren). Click to download the Youth Permission Form. Please note that if you are bringing children there will be one site designated for children to ensure people are Shield certified in the children’s group. Also please remember that children cannot be dropped off without their parent or other authorized adult accompanying them.

3. During this time, it is most important that our volunteers sign up to serve in SALT positions prior to arrival.  In addition, to sign up, you are also acknowledging the Assumption of Risk (attached) and adhering to the Health Assessment and Ministry Participation Guidelines noted below.  Thank you for working with us to serve our neighbors in need as we try to all remain safe and healthy.