I joined a group of a dozen volunteers last week to help cook and serve the Thursday community meal at the Trinity Methodist Church in Montpelier. After preparing eighteen gallons of turkey vegetable soup, I left tired and inspired, clearly having received far more than I gave in the few hours I was there. Today’s lunch was pasta with tomato sauce and meatballs, salad and garlic bread. Always a vegetarian option too. Our goal is to serve healthy, hearty food and for no one to leave hungry.
I know Trinity is not unique in acting on their faith in this way. They actively work with four other churches in town so that five of these community meals are served each week. As is the case with many churches, mosques, and synagogues as well as many non-profit organizations, Trinity’s stewardship to others goes well beyond the norm and Sunday mornings—they not only provide this weekly meal but also, among many things, host and support a bustling Food Pantry that serves 300 families every month.
The people who come to the lunches are largely in need of food or friends or both. I’m sure the list of reasons many of them are in need is long and complicated. Sometimes in my privileged life it is hard to imagine how people end up so needy, but here they are—and clearly it can happen to any of us and may happen to many more in the next several years given the political climate.
Both the neediness and the feeding are, I know, just a small part of a much, much larger picture around the world. So many people give so much to make the world work for everyone.
I wish our President-elect would come sit at the table with us one day soon because I know what he saw here and the interactions he might have could have a positive difference for the world. I’ll extend an invitation and hope he accepts.