Church of the Holy Redeemer

Hunger Ministries

Hunger and food insecurity is a major and invisible problem of our times. Feeding the hungry is part Christ’s mandate for our work here on earth. As such, the Church of the Holy Redeemer has decided to concentrate our outreach efforts toward alleviating food insecurity. A household is considered food secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation. To maximize our resources, we have partnered with two community organizations, who also strive to eliminate hunger: Metro CareRing and Totes of Hope.

Our Partnership with Metro CareRing

Holy Redeemer supports Metro CareRing and its food pantry through (1) weekly donations of food and toiletries; (2) the yearly Loaves and Fishes Sunday, (3) monetary contributions, and; (4) the volunteering of time at its food pantry. Metro CareRing provides a weekly list of items for which they have an immediate need on their website – www.metrocarering.org – as well as an ongoing list of food pantry items that are always needed. Our members bring these items to church on Sundays, they are then blessed at the altar and distributed to Metro CareRing. In 2009, Holy Redeemer donated 7,917 pounds of food to Metro CareRing.

Please feel free to bring any contributions you wish to make to MetroCaring to Holy Redeemer on any Sunday morning. Contributions may be left in the church or the parish hall (adjacent to the church).

Our Totes of Hope Partnership

Mission: to eliminate hunger in one child, one neighborhood, one community at a time.

Totes of Hope is a food for kids backpack program made possible through the partnership between the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Food Bank of the Rockies, and Gilpin K-8 school.

In the fall of 2009, the redevelopment team and vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Redeemer endorsed our partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies and neighborhood school, Gilpin (K-8) located on 2949 California Street. Each week during the school year, we distribute packs of food to two classes of children who have been identified as having a high incidence of tardiness or severe absences. In the future, our goal is to expand the program to include one or more additional classes each year.

The program works as follows. Each Tuesday, volunteers pick up food from the Food Bank of the Rockies. The food is placed in clean backpacks. Volunteers then deliver the filled backpacks tothe school, for the children to take home for the weekend. The children return the backpacks on Monday and volunteers pick them up from the school so we can begin the weekly process again. The school obtains the parent/guardian’s permission for their child’s participation in the program.

The school is also responsible for monitoring attendance, grades and test scores of the participants during the year in order to show any improvement made through participation in the program. Backpack programs of this kind have seen significantly improved attendance, improved test scores, and improved grades. If we can help just one child, we have succeeded in our mission. Holy Redeemer ‘s goal is to expand the program to include one or more additional classes each school year.

On-going needs

Volunteers: The program depends on volunteers to do the following:

  • Pick up food from the Food Bank of the Rockies
  • Pack backpacks,
  • Deliver bins of backpacks to the school,
  • Pick up empty bins,
  • Wash backpacks,
  • Schedule volunteers, and
  • Marketing

Please contact the church if you might be interested in volunteering for this program. Most tasks take approximately one hour or less to complete.

Donations: There is also an ongoing financial need to support Totes of Hope. The cost of providing the program is $150 per child per school year. Some members and friends of Holy Redeemer sponsor one child or more for a year. Others have pledged an ongoing monthly amount to be applied to the Totes of Hope fund. Your donations to the Totes of Hope fund may be made by checks or cash. Checks should be made payable to “Holy Redeemer” with “Totes of Hope” written in the memo line. All contributions are tax deductible. It only costs around $2.65 to feed a child for the week so any amount that is given can make a big difference in a child’s life.