More than 35,000 pounds of food. Alleluia!
One of the local ministries we support with our offerings and donations and time is Intown Collaborative Ministries. Last year, 180 volunteers – our own Anne Townsley and Jane Boyd Lee among them – served over 2,000 hours at Intown projects like the Food Pantry and the two Briarcliff Summit Food Co-operatives; $89,000 of donations went to support those programs; and donated food was estimated at $49,000.
Those funds and volunteers from the participating fourteen local congregations assisted Intown with its programs to alleviate the homeless and hungry in and around the Ponce corridor. Among those programs were the Heading Home initiative that helped twenty-one former homeless men and women relocate from the streets and shelters into stable income and housing. 130 were helped traveling on public transportation for job and health trips. The Food Pantry served nearly 10,000 meals for a total of over 35,000 pounds of food. The two Briarcliff Summit Food Co-ops have 54 members and for a small fee receive over $125 worth of food per month.
Every Sunday, we drop off food for Food Pantry in baskets at the front of the Sanctuary. Throughout the year, our specific offerings go to support Intown through the Souper-bowl offering, the lily and bread offerings in Lent. This support is in addition to a one-time pledge from the Mission Team budget that’s made up of our offering and donations. These are the great things that we work to accomplish together; thank you, for your support.