Sacred Heart of Jesus School eighth-graders in August toured the parish food pantry, a ministry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Conference.

Students bring a nonperishable item for the pantry to school Mass each Wednesday. Eighth-grade Mass ushers serve as food pantry assistants and deliver the food to the pantry.

The pantry, in operation since 1987, has served more than 4,000 Mid-City residents since record-keeping began 14 years ago, a news release said.

“It’s amazing that we’ve fed so many people from such a small space,” said Jane Singleton, a Sacred Heart eighth-grader and parishioner.

The Sacred Heart Conference offers assistance to residents living within the geographical boundaries of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish — Choctaw Drive, North and South Foster Drive, Hundred Oaks Avenue and North 15th Street.