This spring we will celebrate the second anniversary of our community ministry, an everyday essential’s pantry. As part of the celebration, the pantry will be dedicated and renamed, “Whitney’s Pantry”, in honor of former parishioner Whitney K. Robbins, founding member of the pantry.
The Pantry provides everyday basics to community members in need; items often not covered by general assistance programs, such as toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. “Our hope is that the items available at Whitney’s Pantry will help community members to bridge the gap each month. Whitney really pushed our faith community to get to know our neighbors, and listen to their needs. This pantry is a direct outgrowth of spending the last few years building stronger relationships with our neighbors in the community,” said Rev. Heather J. Blais, Rector of St. James.
Whitney K. Robbins joined St. James in 2010. She believed mission to the local community should be the church’s top priority. She led a community roundtable to get the church started, led a Mission Taskforce that evolved into a permanent Mission Team, and helped found the pantry as a result of that work. After Whitney was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she gave St. James $20,000 to be invested for local mission, which has been named the Mission Fund. The interest from that gift pays for many of the supplies each month given out at the pantry. Whitney died on September 25, 2016.
Whitney’s Pantry will be dedicated on Monday, March 27, 2017, at 4 p.m. and is located in the Parish Hall building, accessible via St. James Court, off of 8 Church Street, Greenfield. All are welcome to attend the community event. Financial donations to the pantry are accepted by writing a check to St. James Church with “Mission Fund” in the memo line, or on our website. Donation of goods to the pantry can be dropped off at our office Monday-Friday between 9-12, or by calling to make other arrangements. The pantry is open to community members on the last Monday of the month between 4:15-5:15 p.m.