The Trinity U.M.C. Food Pantry began in March of 2009 and is a member of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. It is located downstairs in Fellowship Hall and open from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month, with the exceptions of the holiday months of November and December when the distribution is typically scheduled a week earlier. Those needing emergency food supplies are encouraged to call the church office at 845-223-3152, and arrangements will be made to provide food before the scheduled distribution date. The church secretary is in the office on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 am to 6:30, but messages are checked frequently, so someone will get back to you.
Since we have become a popular resource for area residents, people are advised to arrive early in order to obtain their numbered “tickets” for food distribution. Newcomers will need to fill out a simple intake form and provide a photo ID, such as a NYS drivers’ license, prior to receiving food. Identification is needed for every member of the household. Those who have come numerous times simply need to check in, so that we have an accurate accounting of those we have served.If you need more information, or if you would like to make a donation or are interested in assisting at the food distribution, please call either the church office or Marcia Grant at 845-223-5489.
Hillcrest House, the local homeless shelter, continues to be a community need. A hearty meal for 60 is prepared by a team of church members, and volunteers serve the meal at Hillcrest House, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm quarterly. Volunteers serve the meal at Hillcrest House, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. The first Sunday of every month is our long-standing commitment. Members of the congregation also donate men’s and women’s pajamas, robes, slippers, towels, blankets, toiletries, disposable razors, toothbrushes, combs, and brushes. Donations can be left in the Fellowship Hall.
In the fall, our church collects funds for Heifer Project. In the past, we have provided funds for rabbits, bees, chickens, llamas and even water buffaloes. Heifer provides livestock and training to families. The livestock is a source of nutrition and income to help families escape hunger and poverty. Heifer Project is also focusing on families affected by AIDS.
CROP Hunger Walk
Every year, our church participates in CROP Walk to raise funds to fight hunger. We walk to remember the millions of people who must walk every day for food, for water, to escape violence, to seek shelter, to find employment, to farm, and to survive. Last year, the walk we participated in, raised the most funds in all of Metropolitan New York.