TRINITY & OPEN TABLE
In 2020, Trinity continued to direct all in-kind food donations to Open Table, one of our ministry partners and long time recipient of our first-Sunday food donations. This effort has been spearheaded by the dedication of Karl and Phil Knight-Atkinson. In addition, we were able to provide an additional $3600.00 in direct support at the height of the pandemic.
Our own Eliza Coffin - while she studied virtually in Concord - ran a new program at Open Table in 2020 to include holiday bags of cheer for its guests in December. Several Trinity parishioners contributed generously to this effort [excerpts from her thank you note are shown below].
"The Family-to-Family Holiday Drive donations poured in. Hoping for 150 holiday bags, your kindness and generosity yielded over 500 holiday bags. This meant a holiday bag for every single household Open Table serves and for their new mobile pantry partners.
We were amazed by the care and attention to detail you put into your gifts.... remember that you made a difference for local families and that Open Table is grateful to count on your help!"
Moving toward a "take-out" model, Open Table offers varied intergenerational volunteer opportunities for Trinity parishioners to help prepare, package and deliver cooked meals to its guests, in addition to assisting with weekly grocery distributions.
Our ministry partnership with Open Table provides:
Hunger relief to residents of Concord and 22 nearby communities in Middlesex County as well as opportunities for community and connection for both volunteers and recipients of Open Table’s services.
Even as we ascribe head counts and dollar amounts to our activities, it is the spiritual and practical encounters that will sustain us and engage both adults and youth in the good works of our Christian community.
JOY! funds from our capital campaign commitments will compound our Journeys in Outreach and Youth Formation at Open Table and with all our ministry partners who are serving our brothers and sisters across the region.
Masked Vestry member, Carolyn Coffin and Trinity‘s bookkeeper, Nancy Marshall, have held a variety of volunteer roles at Open Table.
Our Shared Values in Service
Open Table’s mission is to address hunger in our local community by providing healthy food in a welcoming environment that respects the dignity and diversity of those served. We achieve our mission by:
Offering a wide variety of healthy and culturally appropriate food choices in our pantry and meal programs.
Engaging a team of diverse, committed and passionate staff and volunteers
Value Statement: We believe that people should not be hungry. We recognize that economic, racial and gender inequality are the main drivers of food insecurity. We welcome our neighbors in need with compassion and respect.
Vision Statement: We strive to end hunger by removing the barriers to food caused by race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, income and age.