Cultivating JOY: GAINING GROUND
Only God knows how many times we have heard the story of the mustard seed or been nourished by agricultural metaphors of faith practice. Trinity’s audacious embrace of Journeys in Outreach and Youth is quite literally - wait for it - sowing greater impact with our ministry partner: Gaining Ground.
A $3,000 gift to Gaining Ground from Trinity’s 2020 commitment of $43,000 in Outreach is seeding the work of our important new partner: a Concord farm whose purpose is to give all its nutritious bounty to hunger relief.
Compounding JOY! math looks something like this:
($3000) X (Youth Group)+ Parishioner) = 500S
In words, Trinity's $3,000 of seeds, multiplied by (youth groups’ strong packs plus parishioners’ gloved hands), all to the power of the Holy Spirit, helps harvest many of the 500,000 servings for our brothers and sisters who are hungry in Concord, Boston, and Lowell.
Living our faith equates to infinite possibility for a life of service together. Embracing JOY! already has over $1.6 million in commitments toward a goal of $2 million.
Once fully funded, Trinity’s JOY! investments will provide annual income - in perpetuity - of approximately $50,000 each for outreach ministries and youth formation. Our investment instruments and policies are structured to preserve and grow that principal even as we pour the income into our annual Outreach and Youth ministries. Thus, Trinity will continue compounding and spinning off JOY! forever.
Thanks to those who have invested in the Embracing JOY capital campaign, to those who have prayed for its success and to those who are rolling up their sleeves toward full-funding.
The Gaining Ground staff look forward to welcoming Trinity parishioners to the farm in the new season to help grow food, sustain community and deliver on the promises of JOY.
The impact of our working shoulder to shoulder at the farm will provide food to: Rosie’s Place (Boston), House of Hope (Lowell), Lowell Transitional Living, Open Table in Maynard, Sudbury Food Pantry, Westford Council on Aging, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry (Ayer), Bridge Boston Charter School (Roxbury), Bedford Community Table, East Boston Soup Kitchen, GreenRoots (Chelsea), and Watch City Market (Waltham). Gaining Ground also operates two direct distribution programs: Food for Families (Concord/Carlisle) and a free farmers’ market at two Head Start Centers in Lowell (Children’s Village at the Mill and Phoenix Avenue)
Gaining Ground is calling: among the many masked Trinity volunteers are: Tara Johnson (red/black cap, Lucy Rosborough yellow clipboard, Brian Rosborough with a carload of fresh produce for delivery, Jennifer Johnson (green tanktop)
As of June, 2020
17% of people in the state are food insecure compared to 9% before the pandemic.
In Eastern Massachusetts, child food insecurity is projected to rise by 93%, with one in six children now at risk to experience hunger.
TWICE as many Black and Latinx households with children are struggling with hunger as compared to white households with children.
The price of groceries grew 2.6% in April 2020, the biggest increase from one month to the next since 1974, which puts pressure on people who are already food insecure.