Chapel of the Cross Vacation Church School Children Raise $700 for Farmer Foodshare

Children’s Donation Helps Achieve $10,000 Match From Major Foundation

Today Farmer Foodshare gratefully received a generous donation from the children in the Vacation Church School at The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. The funds were raised from the sales of a Parlor Craft Market where the children made crafts and donated the proceeds to Farmer Foodshare. As a result of the children’s hard work, Farmer Foodshare was able to put together the final $1,000 of funds to meet a $10,000 match from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Vacation Church School and the Millenium Development Goal: End Hunger

This year’s Vacation Church School curriculum centered around Millennium Development Goal #1: End Hunger. Chapel of the Cross Vacation School decided to contribute to this goal through focusing on nurturing a “harvest” to help feed and care for hungry neighbors. The committee chose Farmer Foodshare as its focus for the fundraiser.

Crafts for saleCrafts for sale at the Parlor Craft Market“We are so grateful for the generous support from the children, the organizers and the parishioners who purchased the crafts,” said Margaret Gifford, founder and executive director, Farmer Foodshare. “We are amazed by what a group of committed and creative kids can do when they put their minds to it. Kids truly can change the world!”

“Farmer Foodshare is a non-profit organization that helps farmers and farmers’ market shoppers donate fresh produce to those in need. As important as canned and other shelf-stable goods are, fresh produce is essential to them, too,” said Boykin Bell, Associate for Christian Formation. “Fresh produce offers not just nutrition but a sense of community and an acknowledgement that we are all worthy of the gifts from God’s bountiful gardens. We were pleased to support the work of Farmer Foodshare in this way and we are ecstatic that our children’s help enabled the organization to access the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation matching fund grant.”

As Boykin notes in an article in church publication Crossroads, “The money raised by the children will allow Farmer Foodshare to continue its work of providing fresh, healthy produce to those in need. It will also allow a seed that was planted years ago on a Sunday morning to bloom and flourish for years to come.”

For more information about the Children and Family Ministry Committee, contact Boykin Bell at For more information about Farmer Foodshare, go to To learn more about Episcopal Relief and Development, go to