A Joint Ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church and Los Altos United Methodist Church
Hope’s Corner is a joint program of Los Altos and Trinity United Methodist Churches to provide comfort and assistance to people in need by providing a free breakfast and sack lunch on Saturdays. The location of the service is at Trinity United Methodist Church, 748 Mercy Street, at the corner of Hope and Mercy Streets. The existing facilities and rooms are used, mainly the social hall, which can accommodate up to 125 persons, and the kitchen.
People are hungry in our community. Second Harvest Food Bank estimates that one person in ten in Silicon Valley and the Peninsula received food assistance from them last year. Meals and food assistance, like Hope’s Corner, can help reduce food insecurity and allow families a little extra assistance as they struggle to make ends meet. In Mountain View, the Community Services Agency operates a Food Pantry on Monday–Friday (closed to clients on Tuesday), but there is only one free meals program in Mountain View — the Sunday “Breakfast with Friends” program at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 1425 Springer Road. The other nearest meal programs are the Breaking Bread program in Palo Alto/Menlo Park and other programs in Sunnyvale.
Hope’s Corner provides a simple “continental style” breakfast and a bag lunch on Saturday mornings, 8:00–10:00am. Our Use Permit from the City of Mountain View also allows up to four “special meals” per year to be “catered” with food preparation at LAUMC and then transported and served at Trinity. More than just food, Hope’s Corner provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere where people are able to relax, chat and build community.
We are raising funds for a new kitchen and restrooms to enable cooking hot meals at Trinity United Methodist Church. Food cannot be prepared or stored at Trinity UMC because the kitchen is not adequate pursuant to County Health Department regulations. A new kitchen will allow us to expand our breakfast program to additional days per week and also open other possibilities, such as a nonprofit bakery to provide food service training and employment. You can help us raise the funds needed for the new kitchen and restrooms by making a donation. Donations by check should be made out to LAUMC and note “Hope’s Corner” on the memo line. You can also donate online.
In developing this program, the organizers from Trinity UMC and LAUMC built on their belief that looking after persons in need is not only a communal responsibility but also a way to live out Jesus’ instruction to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
We thank you!