Poverty Prevention

For so many in our community who are the working poor ...

... a utility bill, a medical need, or a week’s worth of groceries can mean the difference between slipping into homelessness or remaining self-sufficient. With a focus on prevention to address the causes of poverty in our city, we support agencies that provide food, medical care, financial assistance, and other basic needs. 

 

Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM)

CAM serves low-income citizens of Mecklenburg County, often classified as “the working poor,” who are facing financial emergencies and struggling to meet basic needs. As one of the founding churches, we assist with pilot programs such as the Targeted Prevention Program. Learn about all of the ways to serve using their new online volunteer portal. If you have not done so already, register as a CAM volunteer

Matthew 25 Casserole Ministry

Parishioners prepare 25 casseroles every month for the Salvation Army, Men’s Shelter, Charlotte Rescue Mission, and the Urban Ministry Center. Collectively, our casseroles serve 1250 people a month. For more information and to volunteer, contact Caroline Stoneman.

Loaves and Fishes/Friendship Trays

Loaves & Fishes and Friendship Trays are excited to announce that our organizations have merged! They are now officially Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays, Inc. Food items are collected and distributed to 20 pantries across Charlotte, where people in crisis can receive a weeks’ worth of nutritious groceries. Christ Church donates 300 pounds of food a year. Christ Church, also, delivers approximately 2,000 meals a year to elderly, handicapped, or convalescing people in their homes. For more information and to volunteer, contact Barbara Ferguson.

Society of St. Andrew Gleaning Network

Since 1992, the Society of St. Andrew has operated a statewide, volunteer-driven Gleaning Network that coordinates with local farmers, thousands of volunteers, and food providing agencies. Their North Carolina Gleaning Network is going strong, salvaging over five million pounds of fresh produce for the hungry each year. In this agriculturally diverse state, gleaners work to salvage everything from strawberries to sweet potatoes to collard greens.