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Grace Episcopal Church - is known as the “church with the red doors.”Our pantry is a wonderful outreach of Grace Church. We regularly serve upwards of 500 familiesin an average week. Each family unit represents four people, so over 1,000 people receive a mealeach week. In addition, some toiletries and more foods are passed out, depending on the supply. Much work goes into preparing for distribution. Wednesday morning, we assemble a small crew to help unload the truck and set up. Some Wednesdays and Thursdays, the line can stretch down Third Street.“The tradition of red doors originated in England during the Middle Ages when it was a sign of sanctuary. If you were being pursued by someone, you would be safe if you could reach the church door. No one would dare commit violence on holy ground….Today many Episcopal churches, as well as Lutheran, Methodist, Roman Catholic and others, paint their doors red to symbolize that they are a haven for emotional and spiritual healing and a place for forgiveness and reconciliation.” -Elaine Conger, Music Director of Trinity Gatlinburg Episcopal ChurchIn essence, Grace Church is a haven for the well-being (the shalom) of the community; it’s a food oasis within the city of Mansfield
This project is specific to the Food Pantry.