A Church with a Mission: Food Insecurity
The Episcopal Church has a long history of service to local and global communities. St. Paul’s is an inclusive church that accepts people wherever they are socially and spiritually. We are committed in supporting the people in our community, loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Locally, we focus on food insecurity, and welcome potential partners committed to this mission. The following list highlights some of our current efforts and their estimated public value:
Vergennes Community Food Shelf: The food shelf is located at the United Church of Christ church in Vergennes and staffed by volunteers. St. Paul’s supplies weekly volunteers and contributions.
Community Garden: The St. Paul’s community garden is located in Vergennes, on the Northland Job Corps property. Each summer, about 15 volunteers tend the vegetable garden and send the harvest to the food shelf. [On hold for the current season]
Table of Grace: The Table of Grace is a free community meal for families in economic need and seniors who live alone. It is offered at the United Church of Christ church on the fourth Friday of each month.
Boys and Girls Club Snacks: Once a week, St. Paul’s volunteers provide afternoon snacks to the Boys and Girls Club in Vergennes during the school year.
Memorial Day Parade Fundraiser: Memorial Day in Vergennes would not be the same without St. Paul’s concession stand, which for over thirty years has served the crowd that assembles on the city green during Vermont’s largest Memorial Day parade. The event is a fundraiser for St. Paul’s local and global outreach efforts.
Our outreach dollars also directly support other local organizations, including the Addison County Open Door Clinic, the Boys and Girls Club of Vergennes, and the John Graham Shelter. Internationally, we give to Doctors without Borders and Episcopal Relief and Development.