HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown is long known for its community outreach and service. Knowing that many people in this COVID season remain very vulnerable and food insecure, the congregation decided to keep up a recent tradition called the Caravan of Hope.
Each of the past 2 years the church has created and distributed 5,000 meal boxes in one day, reminiscent of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 reported in the Bible.
This year, given COVID realities, the number of boxes was reduced, but not the spirit of caring. On a recent Friday night about 100 people – in groups of 50 – all in masks and socially distanced – came to the church to pack generous meal boxes. Volunteers included children, teenagers, families, and senior citizens. In addition to the food, each box contained a handwritten note of encouragement written by parishioners.
The next day, driver teams came and picked up the 2,208 meals and delivered them to food ministries and churches around the region. Communities receiving meals included Asbury Park, Newark, New Brunswick, Whiting, Trenton and Oxford.
“The spirit and engagement in this ministry was most commendable. Leaders Glenn Ashton and Jane DeWitt and their team did an outstanding job of bearing witness to the truth that even in this hard COVID season, the work of God must go on,” Pastor Frank Fowler said.
Fowler noted that the church’s regular weekly food ministry continues for any who need it. The Lord’s Pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A typical month finds about 900 people receiving food from the pantry.
For more information call the church office at 908 852–3020, or go to their website.