“Season of Gleaning” Weekly Food Drive at Trinity, Menlo Park

Posted on May 19, 2020. Updated on May 19, 2020

Trinity, Menlo Park held its first “Trinity Tuesday” drive-through food collection event last week, and organizers were delighted with the bounty of donated fresh fruit, vegetables and non-perishable pantry items. Volunteers delivered eighteen bags of food to food banks and food closets, by prior arrangement since many food banks don’t accept perishable items.

“We want to make sure that the extra bounty from local home gardens gets into the hands of people facing food insecurity,” said Nancy Grove, a member of the Care & Justice team at Trinity. “We are also inviting gardeners to ‘plant a row for the hungry’ as they do their spring planting.” If local residents need help harvesting their trees or gardens, Trinity volunteers are available to glean and deliver the produce for donation.

“Our hope is that people will make food drop off a weekly practice,” said the Rev. Frannie Hall Kieschnik, Priest Associate at Trinity. “There is such a bounty of generosity in this community and so much need.”

If other congregations in the Diocese are interested in setting up similar programs, more information, including the pantry wish list and requests for volunteer “gleaners” is available at http://www.trinitymenlopark.org/Care.Justice. Or email Care.Justice@TrinityMenloPark.org.