st thomas episcopal church, amenia union


mission and outreach - the giving garden

The Giving Garden is our newest outreach project at St Thomas.  It was made possible by generous gifts from The Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, The Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation,  and Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Farm Fresh Food Program.​

The Giving Garden contains 16 oversized raised beds that grow fresh organic produce. All of the produce is distributed each week at our Food of Life Food Pantry.  Lack of access and inability to afford fresh produce is a real issue for our food pantry neighbors.  Living on cheap, processed food has taken a toll on their health and made everyday living more difficult.   It is our belief and our hope  that providing them not only with fresh produce but also teaching them how to prepare it will go a long way in improving their health and their quality of life.

Just like the food pantry, the garden is made possible by the volunteer help of people throughout the community.  Interested in getting involved?  Contact Jim Wright at  

The Giving Garden is also a place where everyone in the community can come together and do some good.  We especially encourage our food pantry neighbors to come and be part of the care and keeping of the garden.