Trinity Campus Ministry awarded grant to address hunger, homelessness in local community

Feb. 25, 2014

Trinity Lutheran Colleges Campus Ministry was recently awarded a $2500 community development grant from ELCA World Hunger.

The grant, entitled "Loaves and Fishes and Socks," involves training a team of Trinity students to address the challenges of hunger and homelessness in our community.

For several years Trinity has partnered with the Emmaus Community and area churches (both Lutheran and non-Lutheran) for outreach events in Trinity's Commons. The original and most popular event (and the inspiration for the grant's title) is Socktoberfest, which connects a city-wide sock drive to a party in which those who give socks and those who receive socks share a meal together—all without charge.

These community partnership events serve those in need in our community, raise awareness among people of faith about issues of hunger and homelessness and connect people to one another.

The funds from this grant will empower Trinity students to extend the success of our Socktoberfest events to congregations around Snohomish county, helping equip those congregations to address similar needs in their local contexts.

This project will be overseen by Sister Liz Colver ('05), ELCA Deaconess, alumna, and current intern at Trinity, and Rev. Erik Samuelson, Trinity's campus pastor.  

About ELCA World Hunger Community Development Grants: In addition to direct aid, ELCA World Hunger supports community development by accompanying and assisting ELCA congregations, social ministry organizations and grassroots community-based nonprofits that address poverty, hunger and related social justice issues. By offering assessment and consultation services — as well as providing funding through ELCA World Hunger-funded Domestic Hunger Grants and the Developmental Loan Fund — ELCA World Hunger partners with others to build healthy, sustainable ministries. Learn more at