Trinity relies on outside groups to sponsor and prepare the lunches. Churches from all over Connecticut and beyond come on volunteer missions to Chapel on the Green. They provide food, and sometimes socks and caps, for the homeless, and attend the short “all are welcome” Episcopal service along side the weekly group of 50 to 200 people who attend the service.
If your church is interested in sponsoring lunches for one Sunday, contact our Coordinator Samantha Butler.
The cross on the image above is taken from the distinctive “Traveling Pushcart Altar”, with four small wheels and a handle. It was built by Trinity Church Warden Warner Marshal out of scrap lumber from his barn in 2008. It has survived ice storms, rain, snow, heat, and excessive humidity. It has served us faithfully for 52 weeks a year every Sunday since 2008 – save one very wet Sunday, when a deluge left the Green more like a lake than a lawn. In 2014 the cross on the front was painted red.
Sponsoring lunches means providing 150-200 bagged lunches and providing at least six volunteers.Those who made the lunches also participate in our service and distribute lunches – they often tell us it was one of the most meaningful religious services they ever attended. Any leftover food is given to other church run local food programs for distribution.
Lunches consist of:
sandwich (ham or turkey, with some peanut butter and jelly )
piece of fruit (ideally banana, orange or softer fruit)
bag of chips, or granola bar
bottle of water
dessert: pudding cup, apple sauce, cookie, layer cake
Lunches need to arrive to Trinity by 1:30 pm.
All the Way to Chapel on the Green
For the experience of See the Video, All the Way to Chapel on the Green. Volunteers from Saint Peter’s, Cheshire CT , came to New Haven on a cold, snowy day to worship and share a meal with the homeless. Ana Arellano arranged the photos by Mallory Naylor and John Andrews perfectly to capture the experience.