St. Paul's "Weighs" in Against Hunger
September is National Hunger Action month. With the increase in unemployment in the past months, food pantries and food banks are straining to keep up with the pressing demand to feed hungry people. I'm writing to you today to invite you to take action in several ways as part of our St. Paul's "Weighs" in against Hunger effort.
With the leadership of Lori Jackson and Jaye Richey, we will again offer our weekly contactless food collection for Neighbor-to-Neighbor starting on Thursday, September 10 from 10-11:30AM in the parking lot. Each week we will weigh the food to keep track of our donations. There is a tremendous need for proteins including beans, canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter, etc. Volunteers are needed on Thursdays to run the food drive. Please email the office if you are available to help out. Please share this information with your neighbors.
To help you and your family focus on this critical ministry here is a Hunger Action calendar from the Society of St. Andrew. (Think of an Advent Calendar for September!) The calendar gives daily Bible verses, reminders about food insecurity and encourages mindfulness in decision making. It's great for individuals and families to use plus is a wonderful conversation starter about food choices.
The Society of St. Andrew recommends a coin box or jar to collect change for donations to an organization at the end of the month. One of my favorite action items from the calendar is to count every item in your pantry and put 2 cents in the coin jar for each item. We encourage you to donate your change from this either locally, statewide or nationally at St. Andrews, Episcopal Relief and Development or Connecticut Food Bank At the end of the month, let me know how you did as we will add your change donations to our food weight to tally up St. Paul's contribution to "Weigh in Against Hunger."
One final thought, when the crowds had gathered around John the Baptist at the river Jordan, they asked him how to live a life of the newly baptized he responded : "If you have two coats, give one to someone who doesn't have any. If you have food, share it with someone else." (Luke 3:11.) I hope that even in these uncertain times, you have been blessed with abundance in your life to respond to John the Baptist's call to share with those who are hungry.
May God bless you,