- LIST OF FOOD PANTRIES IN BERKSHIRE COUNTY – May 18, 2020
- LIST OF MEAL SITES – May 18, 2020
- LIST OF SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAMS – May 18, 2020
- LIST OF DIAPER PROGRAMS – May 18, 2020
- LIST OF TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS IN BERKSHIRE COUNTY October 2019
- SOUTHERN BERKSHIRE RESOURCES GUIDE – 2015
For the last few years we have begun to focus our efforts in some specific areas through which we connect to those beyond our parish who are in need. We call these organizations our missional partners, using the specific language from our training in Partnership for Missional Church. Unlike Gideon’s Garden, which we operate with Taft Farms, we participate alongside others in the running of these programs.
The Lee Food Pantry
Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Lee Food Pantry is a mission of Grace Church and serves about 50 families per week. Located in the Airlodi Building (45 Railroad St.) in Lee, MA and open Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Learn more here.
Each Sunday morning Grace parishioners bring the designated “item of the week” for the Lee Pantry. Additionally, during the growing season vegetables from Gideon’s Garden are donated to six food pantries weekly. Grace parishioners are always especially helpful in delivering and stocking when the Post Office or other organizations have food drives for the pantries.
The People’s Pantry
Mondays 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
COVID-19 Updates: All shopping is now done outdoors under a tent. Shoppers are handed a pre-packed grocery bag filled with non-perishable items such as canned vegetables, pasta, toilet paper and peanut butter. As the shoppers move through the line one at a time, they point to the produce, bread, milk and other perishables they need, and volunteers wearing protective gloves place it in the bag for them.
The People’s Pantry began many years ago in the garage of what was St. James Episcopal Church. It is now located at St. James Place, 352 Main St., in Great Barrington, back where it began so to speak. Grace parishioners are part of one of the seven teams that serve the People’s Pantry.
We also supply vegetables to these community programs from Gideon’s Garden:
- Community Health Programs: CHP Nutrition Services, http://communityhealthprograms.org/
- The Guthrie Center: Guthrie Center Lunch Program, http://guthriecenter.org/
- Multicultural BRIDGE: Diversity training and community building, www.multiculturalbridge.org/
Human to Human
Diocese of Western Massachusetts has launched this new initiative. Under one umbrella they have collected the various ministries that are going on in our Diocese that exist to connect with our neighbors.
Human to Human is about compassion. We are about the human side of poverty, isolation, and addiction. Human to Human sees everyone as a friend and a neighbor. Our only agenda is love. Learn more here.
Berkshire Immigrant Center
We support the Berkshire Immigrant Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The following video, filmed and edited by the Rev. Vicki Ix, Communications Director/Missioner, was presented the the annual Diocesan convention aimed at highlighting the importance of knowing our immigrant neighbors and hearing their stories.
PAST PROJECTS IN THE COMMUNITY
Special Pentecost Event
Joining with Berkshire county churches, led by Rise against Hunger, we filled 20,000 bags each of which is a meal to be sent to those in need. This video, posted on Facebook, from the Rev. Mary Francis Curns captures the spirit of the day. Thank you to the Rev. Tim Weisman, Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church for hosting the event.
Railroad Street Youth Project, Grace Church, and Multicultural BRIDGE working together.
This summer we began a new initiative called Community Network Dinners. Four dinners will occur over three months, each with a different focus, where members of Grace Church will have conversations with members of chosen communities. The first dinner focused on youth and our special guests were members of Railroad Street Youth Project. Before the second dinner, with its focus on the Hispanic community, and issues that local immigrants face, Doreen Hutchinson, Co-chair of the Grace Wisdom/Outreach group that has organized the project, spoke with The Rev. Annie Ryder of Christ Trinity Church in a radio interview.
On the Religious Roundtable, a WSBS program, The Rev. Annie Ryder interviews Doreen Hutchinson to explore the inspiration and goals of the Community Network Dinners initiative begun by Grace Church, an Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires. Annie, of Christ Trinity, Sheffield is one of the four hosts of the weekly program; Doreen, of Grace Church, is a parishioner of Grace and co-chair of its Wisdom/Outreach Committee. WSBS is the local radio station for Great Barrington and surrounding towns in Western Massachusetts. The location for the dinners is The Guthrie Center, and the first dinner, focused on youth, is pictured while the recording plays.