This past Lenten season the Trinity Council voted to give our Lenten Denial offerings to City Harvest. The council recognized that City Harvest, one of the oldest food rescue programs in the country, is an essential part of the safety net for New Yorkers experiencing hunger and poverty, many in Queens, many in our own neighborhood. That’s because in addition to rescuing food from businesses, food expos, and farmers’ markets, and delivering that food to soup kitchens, shelters, and pantries all over the five boroughs — every day — City Harvest also gives away food at Mobile Markets, teaches nutrition classes, and advocates on behalf of those in need. 

Trinity donated a generous $1,200 to City Harvest in July. It’s a donation that every Trinity family member should celebrate. Chelsea Ettlinger emailed Trinity to express her gratitude and to tell us just how much our donation means, and just how far it goes, to support our neighbors. 

Chelsea writes: “This generous donation will help to feed 4,800 New Yorkers. Your gift goes towards supporting our fleet of 22 refrigerated trucks to be on the road seven days a week picking up food from over 2,500 generous food donors and delivering this food, free of charge, to hundreds of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs. We rescue and deliver some 167,000 pounds of food each day.”

City Harvest also sent this letter to thank you, Trinity family, for your generosity and faithful spirit:

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Trinity, you did this. You! Thank you so much. We hope you feel emboldened to keep giving to — as you’ve seen here — make a big change in someone’s life, even by giving a little. 

You can donate at City Harvest here: Just $1 helps feed a New York City family in need for a day. It could be the family next door.

Peace and Blessings.

Trinity Lutheran Church