In the early 1980’s a representative from what is now the Urban Ministries of Wake County approached several area congregations including ours with a request for regular monthly food deliveries to help area families facing immediate food shortages. The plan was for us to provide bags of groceries that contained dry and canned items (below) that meet basic nutritional needs for a small family for a week.
1 jar applesauce
2 cans tomatoes
2 cans green beans
1 can carrots
1 jar peanut butter
2 boxes macaroni and cheese
1 lb dried beans
1 lb rice
1 lb grits
(2 quart packets of dry milk are added later)
At Holy Trinity a program quickly developed. Participants shop, place the purchased items in a double paper bag, and bring them to church on the first Sunday of each month where a volunteer adds two one-quart packets of dry milk. Other volunteers then deliver the resulting 20 - 30 of these ‘basic bags’ to the Food Pantry at Urban Ministries on the following Monday morning.
In addition to the in-kind donations, we’ve established a fund for donors who wish to contribute monetarily. As the fund grows, we schedule a “Food-Bag Extravaganza” where forty or fifty people gather for a half hour during Sunday school and pack bags from a stock of groceries purchased in bulk from an area vendor. As of this date, Holy Trinity has held three of these events and thereby added 10,500 pounds of basic bags to the food pantry at Urban Ministries.
What started over 30 years ago has continued non-stop. A few groceries purchased by individuals have multiplied to rescue thousands of our neighbors from food crisis. In the last ten years alone, the food-bag program at Holy Trinity has contributed 32 Tons of food valued at over $36,000. Everyone is encouraged to join the food-bag program.
The following photos are from the last "Food Bag Extravaganza."