Sunday, September 8
The Second Sunday of the Month
Must be Hunger Fund Sunday!
Trinity’s Hunger Fund Sunday is dedicated to their monthly collection using the Hunger Fund envelopes in the pews. For many years, we have had a Hunger Fund collection each month of the year. For the past seven years, we have been able to donate 100% of the funds collected to our five Hunger Fund partners. To celebrate Trinity’s Hunger Fund efforts, this month we have posted this Outreach bulletin board outside Pierce Bishop Hall an exhibit about our partners with a seven year history of who they are and who they serve.
You will be pleased to know that over those seven years, Trinity members have donated over $85,000 to these organizations. We thank each of you that have contributed money, food, and volunteer time. It is a meaningful response to today’s hunger problems.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
TASK feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons. Besides the four million meals TASK has served since its founding — 350,000 last year alone; when the need became apparent, TASK created adult education, then case management and arts programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve patrons’ quality of life.
100% of the December 8 Hunger Fund collection will go to support TASK’s Christmas Dinner serving 600. This is our fourth year supporting this Christmas Day dinner.
Joyce Campbell, TASK Executive Director, spoke at a well-attended One Table Café in April 20, 2018 and will come and speak at the First Sunday Breakfast on December 1.
Over the past 7 years, Trinity Hunger Fund has dedicated over $22,000 to TASK and it hunger program.
Mercer Street Friends
Serving Mercer County, their mission is nourishing minds and bodies; empowering families and communities. Providing a range of integrated services that build community, nurture self-worth and independence, they offer resources for children, families, and communities to overcome poverty. They distribute food to the 75 Mercer County food pantries — the largest of the area distributors of food and a signifcant provider of the Send Hunger Packing program in Mercer County. Mercer Street Friends has received $19,000 of our Hunger Fund collection in the past seven years.
Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, they advocate for a world without hunger. We can end hunger in our time, but churches and charities can’t do it all. Our government must also do its part. Trinity support over the past seven years is just over $20,000.
Episcopal Relief & Development
ERD works in collaboration with church partners and other local organizations to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities that are struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster, and disease. They also work around the world and in the US responding to and rebuilding after disasters. ERD programs impact the lives of over three million people annually.
They respect the dignity of all people and view them as our neighbors, working alongside participants regardless of religious affiliation or background. They were instrumental is bringing back to the southwestern USA the needed food and disaster relief caused by the series of hurricanes a few years ago.
Over the last seven years, we have given ERD $22,000 including a $3000 grant matching funds given for hurricane victims by Trinity parishioners.
Arm in Arm
Trinity along with Nassau Presbyterian Church helped start Crisis Ministry, now called Arm in Arm. Trinity has weekly red wagon food drops for the three Arm in Arm food pantries located in Trenton and Princeton.
Trinity also supports the Valentine Food drive in February with both food drives and that month’s Hunger Fund Collection going to the Valentine Food fund.
On Thanksgiving morning, Trinity hosts over 2000 Turkey Trot runners that are encouraged to bring canned food for the Arm in Arm food pantries, where the Arm in Arm food van is filled, delivering thousands of cans of donated food.
Hunger Fund Goals for 2019
In the past seven years thru the second Sunday Hunger Fund collections and with some help from the net proceeds of our One Table Café, we have been able to give out Hunger Fund Grants totally $85,000 to the aforementioned partners. We’re aiming to raise that number to $100,000 by December 31, collecting at least $15,000 over the twelve second Sunday collections. We would also like to jumpstart TASK volunteers, dedicating a specific day where Trinity can fill volunteer needs once a month.
Thanks to Trinity from the bottom of our hearts for your strong support to help minimize and eliminate hunger in our community and throughout the world. We appreciate the many hours you put into volunteering and for generous Hunger Fund contributions. May God continue to provide ways to ensure no one suffers from a lack of food and housing.