Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Pantry will continue to be held on the third Wednesday of each month, when we serve our clients in our parking lot using safe social-distancing practices. Because of grocery supply shortages, we are having difficulty purchasing enough of certain items that are staples of our distributions. The Food Pantry is especially in need of the following items:
Bags of potatoes
Fruit in its own juice
Food donations may be left outside the back entrance to the food pantry in the marked container. A full shopping list may be found here. We appreciate your support and invite you to contact the church office with questions or for more information.
We continue to follow the progress of the women’s shelter and are ready to provide drinks and desserts when called upon to support this ongoing shelter in the pandemic. For more information or to sign up to help, contact the church office.
The Alliance for Interfaith Ministries is a non-profit organization that assists area citizens who have emergency financial needs. Created in 1981 by area congregations and local social service agencies, AIM receives financial support from approximately 45 religious organizations in the community (including St. Paul’s, Ivy), from local foundations and from individuals. In addition, a member of the St. Paul’s, Ivy parish sits on the board of AIM to help further its mission.
The primary purpose of the Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM) is to provide emergency assistance to families threatened with homelessness, loss of power or fuel, or other temporary financial crisis. Helping a family stay in their residence is of paramount importance to AIM. Roughly 95% of the clients referred to AIM are families living below the poverty line. When an emergency occurs, these families have nowhere to turn for assistance. After completing an intake and assessment which verifies the emergency, clients come to AIM. Trained volunteers work with the clients to assure the best solution for their crisis. Clients are given a voucher which they take to the service provider. The money is paid directly to the service provider upon receipt of a signed copy of the voucher. No money is given directly to clients. All AIM contributions are used in this community. For more information on AIM, click here.
BREAD AND ROSES
Planning for addressing food scarcity is underway in the Bread and Roses ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church, a ministry supported in part by St. Paul’s, Ivy. Weekly meetings center on increasing the distribution of food and education about including locally grown food in Trinity’s well planned and tended gardens. Contact Debbie Scott for more information.
MINISTRY FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND HEALING
The Ministry for Racial Healing and Justice at St. Paul’s works to foster greater racial diversity in the parish and in the surrounding community, especially Ivy and Crozet. This committee, which meets bimonthly, is currently compiling information to write a history of the changing racial makeup of western Albemarle County, and is creating proposals aimed at reducing the racial homogeneity in the local public schools and housing developments. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, please contact our Rector, the Rev. Justin McIntosh.