Many have asked how much it takes to run our emergency programs. Here are some ideas:
$25 Extra cleaning supplies for a week!
$50 What you would have spent on a Fourth Fest ticket!
$100 Individual milk servings for a day of Grab N Go meals
$365 This pays for the to go containers for a week, including fork and knife, container, and bag.
$500 You’ve sponsored meals for a day. Thank you!
$1000 Meals for the long run! This builds our capacity so we can keep serving into the summer.
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fed at fourth
Dear Friends of Fourth:
This past year has been a time of creative reinvention for all of us. Here at Fourth Church, we’ve recreated worship several times, re-tooled our ways of staying connected, and thoroughly re-designed food pantry distributions. Last year, we turned our spring Fourth Fest fund-raiser into a virtual affair and we have brought it back: The 2021 version of #FedAtFourth, a social media campaign on Tuesday, May 4.
Our goal is to make sure we can keep feeding the families of our neighborhood in the coming months, specifically through re-configuring our 27 year-old Summer Meals Program. We’ve been feeding people in all kinds of ways for decades at Fourth Presbyterian Church. We feed people spiritually through worship, prayer and study; and we feed them emotionally through extensive programs in recovery and post-traumatic healing. We’ve fed families artistically through dance, music and nearly 100 children’s theater productions. And most plainly, we feed families physically with food, both through a large Food Pantry (groceries for some 175 families every two weeks), and a Summer Meals Program that typically serves 6000 free meals to young people every summer.
In COVID-times, we have hosted an online prayer service every night to nourish the community’s spirit, and we’ve served 150-200 Grab n Go meals every day at lunch to sustain neighboring families. (See last year’s Herald article: https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/04/08/grab-go-meals-at-the-fourth-presbyterian-church or Caught in Southie’s article from last week about https://caughtinsouthie.com/features/what-has-the-fourth-churchs-ms-kathy-been-up-to-we-know/)
We’ve fed families in the past. We are feeding them right now. And we will feed more this summer. While the program will have to operate within the latest public health guidelines, one way or another, we will feed families through July and into August.
To make that happen, we are holding a #FedAtFourth social media campaign on Tuesday, May 4. Our goal is 150 donors and $40,000! The digital door is open right now at www.fourththboston.org/fedatfourth, and here are three ways you can help us:
- Make a donation today. Go to www.fourthboston.org/fedatfourth. Get us on the road to success even before May 4.
- Update your Facebook profile photo to include the #May4thFeedYou frame.
- Invite friends and family to do the same. Call, email, text, use whatever tool you prefer to grow our participation. #fedatfourth #May4thFeedYou.
- Like our campaign and share our posts with your network.
At the heart of all this effort is the same mission that has driven us for decades: Love God, Love your neighbor. Thanks for all you do to help us.
Pastor Burns Stanfield and the Fourth Fest Executive Committee