Gleaning Food Pantry
On Wednesday evenings in the summer and fall at 6PM in the Parish Hall, St. Mark’s offers a food pantry of fresh produce to anyone in need.
We are a gleaning pantry. Gleaning (like in the book of Ruth) means to leave/collect the remains of the harvest for those in need. On Tuesdays after the Greenmarket in front of the church closes, we collect their ends and store them in the church basement and kitchen. Each week 60-80 families select locally-grown, nutritious fruits and vegetables. Our food pantry is the only one in the area exclusively featuring fresh produce.
We need volunteers on Tuesday evenings to help us collect donations from the Greenmarket vendors and store them in the kitchen and basement refrigerators.
On Wednesdays volunteers gather at 5:30 pm to set up the pantry in the Parish Hall. At 6:00 pm we invite guests in to take what they can use for the week. After the food is distributed, volunteers clean up the room for the Poetry Project reading at 8.
To get involved, contact the office, or come by on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening
Community Supported Agriculture
St. Mark’s participates in the movement to support local farmers and facilitate access to locally grown, nutritious food. We partner with the Washington Square CSA, which distributes from our Parish Hall on Tuesday evenings. The CSA supports our Food Pantry by donating their ends for our Wednesday evening distribution.