Two years and counting of the life-altering Covid pandemic have not impacted the commitment of the Food Ministry (FM) to its local constituents. FM quickly pivoted from delivering hot meals prepared in our church kitchen to providing bags of shelf-stable meals to long-time partner, HomeFront, and to Luther Arms Senior Housing in Trenton (Luther Arms). In addition, FM has continued financial contributions to numerous organizations, including El Centro; HomeFront; the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK); two churches that sponsor an ESL program, St. James AME Church and the Living Water Pentecostal Church, to assist their community with food related assistance; HomeFront in care of Chris Marchetti and the Joy, Hopes & Dreams program to assist in providing meals for the children of the pop up camps for the children housed at local hotels; the Trenton Rescue of Trenton; and Fisherman’s Mark of Lambertville.
The congregation has responded generously to at least three FM appeals for donations of shelf stable food items for Luther Arms. Starting on Easter Sunday, April 17th and continuing until May 1st, FM is asking for donations of three specific shelf-stable food items (juice boxes, oatmeal packets, and fruit cups) for Luther Arms. These donations can be brought to church on Sundays (April 17, 24 and May 1) before and directly after the Sunday service, and on Tuesdays (April 19 and 26), during the hours of 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. A labelled collection bin will be placed in the main lobby for receipt of the items starting on April 17th. Sign up here to let FM know what you will be donating. UUCWC’s participation in FM’s food drive appeals has been fabulous and desperately needed by our local communities.