Staples Food Ministry
The Trinity Church Staples Program has been a welcoming place for the hungry for over thirty years. During 2013, we were able to help feed over 2,400 people in 1,100 households.
We are in partnership with TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) where we receive a large percentage of the food that is distributed to our clients. Last year approximately $25,000 in food was received through this program.
In addition Trinity Church purchased approximately $2,500 worth of food/supplies.
We also receive between 8,000-10,000 pounds of food through private donations. This includes the “Scouting for Food” program sponsored annually by the Boy Scouts food drive, weekly bakery donations from our local Lowes Food Store, food drives sponsored by local companies, and private individual donations.
A busy group of volunteers makes sure that the families we serve get food each week. This includes:
Picking up food donations from Lowes Food
Working the check-in desk
Packing grocery bags to be distributed
Helping clients to their cars with the groceries
Cleaning up the area afterwards
Volunteer Will Merritt, from our parish, hauls two large loads of TEFAP food each month from the Winston distribution center, and delivers it to our food bank.
Each volunteer donates approximately two hours every Thursday when our Pantry is open. We have a team of about 14 volunteers who serve either every week or as needed to cover for absences. We are also fortunate to have volunteers from Surry High Schoool from time to time.
Ellie Strohl does an amazing job coordinating the Staples Food Ministry.
If you are interested in helping out by donating time, food or funds, or just finding out more about this ministry's important work, we would love to hear from you!
The annual Boy Scouts Food Drive which takes place in February (and this year bought six tons of food) requires all hands on deck to sort and pack!