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Trinity's Food Pantry

The theme for Trinity's food pantry is "Just One Can." Each week in the church bulletin we request a particular food item and ask everyone to bring just one can (or jar or box) of that item to church the following Sunday. There are collection baskets labeled "Food Pantry" in the church narthex and in the Parish House.

Food Pantry items that we need on a consistent basis include dry pasta & sauce, chili, stew, canned pasta, baked beans, soup (chunky or condensed), tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, macaroni & cheese, crackers, peanut butter, oatmeal, cold cereal, and powdered milk.

Comfort Cooks
"Dear God, Be good to me. The sea is so wide and my boat is so small."

Feeling overwhelmed or scared is common to both the Breton fishermen offering this prayer, and to us. Fellow parishioners are in tough spots, struggling in difficulties. At Trinity we extend to each other the life-line of comfort food.

You, too, can become a Trinity "Comfort Cook" and provide heart-warming meals to fellow parishioners in distress. We're stocking the stand-alone freezer in Trinity's kitchen with well-labeled containers of individual meals.

It's easy: Make a little extra when you cook any favorite meal. Fill a plastic two-cup container (provided in the church narthex) with a whole meal for one person that's ready to pop into a microwave. Complete the label included in each container with: meal name, preparation date, ingredients, and very importantly, "filled with love by [insert your first name]." Freeze the meal at home to preserve freshness and bring the container to Trinity and put it directly into the marked freezer in the kitchen.

These meals are available immediately to be taken out to temporarily overextended parents, people who are moving in or out, people just home from the hospital or Florida, grieving family members, or anybody Sr. Jean knows is overwhelmed by some circumstance of life. For more information about filling containers, contact Nancy Bitteker (226-4523), Barbara Sparacio, or Jan Humbert. Contact Sr. Jean either to volunteer to make deliveries or to let her know if you could use a warm hug from your parish family in the form of a homemade meal.

Hillcrest House

Hillcrest House, located at 28 Snow Terrace, Poughkeepsie is an overnight shelter for the homeless, run by the Dutchess County Coalition for the Homeless (DCCH), and is a project of Hudson River Housing, Inc. (HRH). The facility is a 60-bed overnight shelter offering individuals a safe place to sleep for the night. Guests are provided with dinner, showers, laundry facilities, breakfast, and clean clothing, along with advocacy and referral services. Dinner is provided and served by local churches every evening. Trinity partners with the Reformed Church in Poughkeepsie to offer dinner on every month having a fifth Monday. We seek donations of the food for that evening and volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up. Please contact Rosemarie Waian at 297-5572 if you would like to be involved.

Small-size toiletries for the overnight guests are collected periodically by Trinity. Watch the website and Sunday bulletins for the next collection dates.

Fishkill Food Pantry

The Fishkill Food Pantry, located at the First Reformed Church of Fishkill, provides a five-day supply of food to residents of Southern Dutchess County during food emergencies. Clients may obtain help once every six weeks. Volunteers provide services to persons in need five days a week. Their work includes food shopping, stocking shelves, packing bags, and collecting donations for the pantry.

Trinity parish volunteers work one afternoon a week, and other times when needed. A Trinity parishioner sits on the Advisory Committee that meets once a month.

Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Each year, Trinity parishioners share in the abundance of the season by providing Thanksgiving dinners for 25 needy families in our immediate area. In cooperation with the Salvation Army (who provides us with the recipients' names and addresses), Trinity collects and/or purchases all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Grocery bags, with shopping lists attached, are available in church beginning in early November and are due back by a set date. Parishioners are invited to participate by taking a bag (or two) or by making a donation by cash or check. Delivering the assembled bags on the Sunday before Thanksgiving (addresses and driving directions are provided) is perhaps the most important contribution parishioners can make.

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