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.
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. 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 20 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.