Messiah has received a grant from the Thompson Trust to provide direct assistance to members of our community that are most at risk given the virus’ economic impact. Our grant has been supplemented by donations from members of our congregation and the community, including Rhinebeck Responds. The review of funding requests is made by a subcommittee of the parish Outreach committee. To date we have distributed almost $40,000 in grants to people in the community who have been impacted by COVID-19.
We also are very grateful to the Frost Memorial Fund for their ongoing support of our food pantry as well as all those who have directly contributed to this vital ministry. Contributions to the Messiah Emergency Grant Fund can be made directly through the parish office with “Messiah Emergency Grant Fund” in the memo line of the check. Contributions to the Food Pantry can be made through our website or the parish office.
Our ministry of providing food distribution continues, having expanded to include perishable food items. This has been made possible by a generous grant from the Frost Memorial Fund, Inc. here in Rhinebeck. This will significantly expand our capacity to meet the food needs of our neighbors and we are very grateful to be able to do this. Our appreciation for all our volunteers as well as those of you who have made financial contributions to the Food Pantry. Contributions to the Food Pantry can be made through our website or the parish office.
4/3/2021: On Saturday, April 3, the Food Pantry served 45 households, with the following breakdown of demographic categories: 26 children, 60 adults and 34 seniors, for a total of 120 individuals served this week.