“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of gratitude. A soul generated by love.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
This important ministry supplies our local community with everything from food vouchers, YRT tickets, or household cleaning supplies, to simply offering support for those who find themselves in need.
This initiative is a partnership of six Aurora churches, and is located here at the Trinity Aurora Rectory.
The Help Cupboard
Aurora has 2,735 households with family incomes below the poverty line, and those homes include 23% of our town’s children. We are addressing a need not covered by other community support ministries and it works because of the generosity of people like you.
The Help Cupboard is celebrating its 3rd birthday. This means three years of providing emergency food supplies to those in need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We move an average of 20 items a day and that makes for more than 20,000 food items in total. The Help Cupboard continues to have regular use with untold numbers of people taking only what they need, knowing there will be more food in the cupboard tomorrow. This is an incredibly important ministry and we all can make a difference.
Donate with a healthy meal in mind. For example, pasta on its own doesn’t make a meal, but pasta with sauce is a great donation
For food safety, no opened containers or repackaged goods, like sandwich bags of food
Avoid gifting things you wouldn’t eat yourself, or close to expiry/expired
We get a lot of white and black beans, and they don’t move
No legumes – while they are high in protein, they normally need cooking. We have an overflow of legumes, so please consider another protein item such as canned tuna or something similar
Thank you all for your support! The men’s group thanks those who already are supporting the Help Cupboard and sharing the gift of food with others. If you have never donated, that’s ok, but please consider starting now.
While we continue in lockdown please place the food directly into the Help Cupboard in our parking lot, or the wagon near the door. While the building is locked, our new Parish Administrator, Kelly, is in the office Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Ring the bell and she can let you in if you wish to drop food items off in the narthex. The Men’s Group will continue to fill the cupboard daily and any support you can provide is deeply appreciated.
Due to COVID-19, we are currently only open with limited hours. Drop in Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 am – 11:30 am for a great source of gently used women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, shoes and boots. This ministry is located in the lower level of the church, and all proceeds are directed towards the ministry of Welcoming Arms.
Each year a portion of the income received annually on Trinity Aurora’s Endowment Fund assets (the capital portion is held forever) is used to support causes in the nature of ministry and mission, not ordinarily within the purview of the operating funds of Trinity Church. This is done at the local, national and global level.
Groups such as Welcoming Arms, Doctors Without Borders, Pikangikum Water Project, Gran Aurora, The ABLE Network and many others have received funding in the past.
If you would like to know more, or request an application for funding, please contact Scott Allan, Fund Chair for an application form.