Hunger

We live by the vision and example of Jesus who cared about the hungry and those in need. We have several ways to respond to the immediate and long term issues related to hunger. We invite you to join us in direct action, education, and advocacy to end hunger.

God’s Little Acre: This is our summer community garden project where we plant and harvest vegetables so that we can share them with different organizations in our community that feed the hungry such as Stephen’s Table, The Salvation Army, and Meals on Wheels. You can help us by planting, weeding, harvesting or delivering the food.

The Food Pantry at the Salvation Army: We partner with the churches in our community to to provide emergency food assistance through this ministry. We collect food donations every week during worship and we also give financial support to the work of assisting families in our community who are experiencing special financial needs.

Stephen’s Table: We give food and financial donations to this soup kitchen ministry which serves free lunches five to six times a week.

CROP Hunger Walk and Awareness: This is an annual event that brings together different people and organizations from our community to help end hunger. We do some education and advocacy events to help raise awareness about hunger in our community and around the world. We also organize an annual walk in the spring to raise funds, 75% of which is normally given to Church World Service for ending hunger in the United States and around the world and 25% stays locally and is usually given to local hunger efforts.

Souper Bowl of Caring: This is a once a year offering of canned goods and funds that is collected by our youth on Super Bowl Sunday in February. Our youth join this national movement to remind people as they are having Super Bowl parties and foods to think of those who are hungry and to donate their resources towards that cause.

Deacons’ Christmas Outreach: Every year around Christmas time our deacons reach out in love to families in need to give them extra assistance for food and gifts for the season. It is a great way to celebrate the gift of Christ by sharing our gifts with those who are struggling financially during that time of year.

Garden’s Edge in GuatemalaWe started partnering with this project in 2013 to help the people of  twelve villages in Guatemala by offering training for its members in soil conservation, seed saving, animal care, traditional medicines, natural building, micro-lending and community organizing. The association is run for and by indigenous Maya Achi families from Rabinal. Its mission is to economically and culturally strengthen Maya rural communities through sustainable agriculture and education programs.