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Food Boxes

During this global pandemic, much of what was once routine in our lives is now unknown. For some, the “unknown” is how they will ensure a stable food supply with enough to eat every day. Food insecurity has exploded among communities large and small. In our own town of Westfield, a group of school principals, teachers, nurses, and related staff have identified at least 30 families who need food support. As a church, we feel compelled to step in and help our neighbors. We have developed a plan to provide these families with a weekly box of staples – fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, jar/canned goods, cereal, rice/potatoes/pasta, body wash, and laundry detergent.


Unfortunately, as you know, the coronavirus has changed many plans.  After the government leaders asked for a Statewide Stay At Home Order and no crowds, we have suspended Agape for a few weeks, for everyone’s health and safety.  It is a difficult decision, because we know all so well that our guests and the community of Elizabeth depend on this meal. There are a few important organizations that are working diligently to support our guests, and St. Joseph's is one of them, who are getting food out to the Elizabeth community on a daily basis.

Financial Support

Your donation to St. Joseph's today gives hope to people struggling with hunger and supports their programs.



The Rotary Club of Westfield has organized a sandwich drop-off at St. Joseph's in Elizabeth for WEDNESDAYS!!
Please have your sandwiches dropped off on Wednesdays before 11 am at
Rotarians will make sure the sandwiches are delivered to St. Joseph’s on time.
Guidelines for Sandwich Making
If you would like to make sandwiches in bulk so that we have an ample supply, please use the following guidelines:
  1. Meat and Cheese: 1 lb. of meat and 1 lb. of cheese will generally make a loaf of bread’s worth of sandwiches.
  2. Please do not put condiments on the sandwiches.
  3. Please individually wrap each sandwich and then place the sandwich bags in the bag the bread was in. This allows us to easily store the sandwiches and freeze them if necessary. Please mark the type of sandwich on the loaf bag.

"Thank you to all who are so generously offering your assistance during this difficult time! Please pray for our community, who were already struggling to afford basic necessities.”

St. Joseph's Social Services


Face Mask

What you will need:

  • 100% Cotton fabric, a pretty print is best. You will use two pieces to make one mask
  • Elastic rope,  beading cord elastic will work 1/8” flat elastic will works
  • Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end. DO NOT knot the end of the flat.
  • You can make two sizes: adult or child

The Cornonavirus pandemic is causing hospital masks to be in short supply.  If you want to help   relieve the shortage, here is a simple pattern for making them.

The area hospitals prefer masks in the following dimensions: 

  • 6"x9" model for adults,
  • 7.5” X 5” for children

The fabric used needs to be 100% cotton so the masks can be sanitized repeatedly.

Getting started: 

Put right sides of cotton fabric together.  Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.  Now sew across the top of the mask to the next corner. Again put in elastic with the edge out. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.  Sew across the bottom leaving about 1/5” to 2” OPEN. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.  Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction. Sew around the edge of the mask twice. It is so easy to make this. 

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The Food Pantry at Holy Trinity is accepting donations of non-perishable food items for Westfield residents in need.  However, due to the lack of a covered area outside Holy Trinity, all items will be collected at the Westfield Area YMCA's glassed-in vestibule (located at 220 Clark Street.) 

The collection starts on Monday, April 6th.  Hours will be 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday. 

  • Soups
  • Canned vegetables
  • Beans
  • Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Tuna Fish
  • Boxes of Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Shelf Stable Milk
  • All varieties of baby food and cereal
  • Full size Shampoo
  • Full size Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors (men’s and women’s)
  • Disposable Diapers, especially sizes 3,4,5, and 6

The Presbyterian Church in Westfield continues to burn as a light in the darkness as our community weathers this fearsome storm of illness. Our reach of care continues to extend far beyond our immediate borders. You can help us make a real impact in the lives of others by joining in our work through your time, your talents, and also in the fruits of your labors.