A video about our Grace-to-Go ministries at Heavenly Rest
A generation ago, Church of the Heavenly Rest was a leader in shaping New York City’s response to hunger. As life in the city changed in the 1970’s and more people needed regular access to food, our parish helped to found what was originally known as the Yorkville Common Pantry; we also launched a program of serving holiday meals at the church. Today, the city has a comprehensive network spanning more than 1,200 soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs. Looking at this big picture, we ask ourselves: How do those in need experience hunger today, and how can we have the most meaningful impact?
After extensive exploration, discussion, and research, we are reframing our hunger ministries as the nourishment of body, mind, and soul. This means our programs are
- Responsive to the realities of the needy today.
- Focused on disrupting the cycle of poverty through education about healthier choices.
- Connecting and weaving other programs together so all of our efforts can be leveraged to greater levels.
Breaking bread with others can be the access point to broader ministry. Each of our programs emphasizes being with others as we nourish the whole person.
Please join us in any of the following outreach opportunities. If you have questions or would like to register, please send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace-to-Go meal kits: To address episodic hunger, Church of the Heavenly Rest has developed shelf-stable, ready-to-cook, simple-to-prepare, non-perishable meal kits. Our Grace-To-Go boxes give those in need an option when food pantries are not open and other hunger coping strategies have been exhausted. We prepared, packed, and delivered nearly 1,000 meals at a parish-wide event last fall and plan to continue to measure, pack, and distribute meal kits on monthly service days.
The following Harlem partners have distributed our Grace-to-Go meal kits:
- P.S. 30
- The NYCHA housing project Fred Samuel Houses
- Hour Children
- The Children’s Village
- Harlem Grown
We are in the early stages of developing a second recipe; we will soon announce another event for parishioners to taste our recipe and assemble food kits. Stay tuned!
Another project in development is our work with Harlem Grown, an urban farming project located in public schools that mentors children and their families by teaching them how to grow and use healthy produce. Parishioners will be visiting the farms on a regular basis to garden, prepare foods, and share art and music projects with the children. Church of the Heavenly Rest is committed to disrupting cycles of poverty with solutions that work to change lives.
An easy and delicious Grace-to-Go recipe from CHR’s Communications Director Maggy Keet.