Gleanings: A Wonderful Community
Gleanings: A Wonderful Community of Guests and Volunteers
GLEANINGS DURING NORMAL TIMES
Our Gleanings ministry continues to flourish. The core of that work, collaborating with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) to provide food and fellowship each week to our guests, continues to go well.
We serve about 130 meals a week.
Roughly one-third of those meals are eaten in at the tables in the narthex, which stay up all summer. We have regular guests along with newcomers each week.
Last year the number of guests increased at the end of the summer, we’ll see if that happens again this fall.
We are also working with TASK on a back to school collection. Donations of new backpacks and school supplies can be left in the basket in the narthex through mid-August. These will be distributed to families at our Tuesday meals and at the main TASK site in Trenton.
For the most part we don’t distribute items besides food and personal care products on Tuesdays. After experimenting with clothing distribution a few times, we’ve concluded that we are unable to handle donations of used or new clothing.
Another experiment was our Spanish-English conversation exchange. It went well at first, but we don’t have quite enough Spanish-speaking guests at this time for this to work.
It’s been over a year since we started serving dinner, and a wonderful community of guests and volunteers has formed. As a parishioner, if you’d like to help out please come on a Tuesday (by 4:30 if you’d like to serve, later if you’d like to help clean up) or donate some delicious desserts.