Thanks to the creative work of Eric Banks and Katie Johnson, the Mission and Outreach Ministry Team is excited to share a new outreach opportunity for Trinity members and our neighborhood: Trinity’s Little Free Pantry on Providence Road near the bus stop. This kind of outreach has appeared in many neighborhoods and churches, and Presbyterian Mission highlighted some of these ministries in an article this past April.
Hunger programs for the food insecure are a primary outreach for Trinity’s members, but as the article reminds us “There’s a lot of people that are significantly impacted by this (pandemic), and so any help that we can give to our neighbors, we should give to our neighbors, and our neighbors are everyone.” Job loss, new regulations for food programs, long lines at Food Banks, limited grocery stock are just some of the effects of this pandemic, therefore food insecurity is going be on the rise for some time.
Even as volunteer opportunities with our mission partners at Trinity have changed during this new normal, the Mission and Outreach Ministry Team continues to address one of our main areas of focus: hunger. We may never know who our recipients are, so we’d like to adopt a theme for this pantry that ANYONE can give or take to help the food insecure. Our ministry team will keep the pantry stocked for these first few weeks, with a consistent list of items. Everyone is encouraged to help. Meredith Thompson, our Mission and Outreach chair, organized this SignUp genius for volunteers, but anyone can stop by the pantry and keep it stocked.
All pantry items must be:
Able to withstand high temperatures
As Kate Johnson so beautifully painted on the outside, we are Growing Together and Welcoming All, and this pantry is a visual reminder that together we can share our resources for those in need. Thank you to our Mission and Outreach ministry team for this creative ministry and to Kate and Eric for making the vision come to life!