“I’m So Hungry!”
“I’m starving! I’m so hungry! I need food now!”
It’s easy to throw these phrases around casually. Do I really mean that I haven’t eaten for days and my body is in pain from not having enough food? Probably not. Though there were some lean times when I was growing up, I’ve never known what to be truly hungry is like.
We don’t have to go very far to find people who are hungry. Over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota experience food insecurity, not always knowing when they will get their next meal. While there are many programs providing lunch and breakfast to children at school, the weekends remain a gap during which children struggle with hunger. Some of them are our neighbors here in Richfield.
Starting in January, Hope Church will partner with another church in providing weekend food for students at Centennial Elementary School in East Richfield. The Sheridan Story, a local non-profit, brought us together: as sponsors we pay for the food and supply volunteers for the program. TSS provides logistical support in purchasing and delivering the food that we will distribute to students in their backpacks every Friday. About 5 pounds of food is sent home with each student, and consists of nutritious, substantial food rather than snack food.
Bring a food donation for The Sheridan Story backpack food program to the Link when you schedule your appointment for your photo for the Church Directory, or to the photo appointment itself, and Lifetouch will give you a $5 discount on photos you purchase.
Canned Protein: Chunk Chicken, beans
Canned Fruit: Pears, Peaches, Applesauce
Canned Vegetable: Green Beans, Peas, Carrots, Mixed vegetables
Canned Soup, Stew, Chili, Ravioli
Boxed or Bagged Base: Pasta, Rice, Beans, Oatmeal
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:35-36, 40).
Peggy Turnbull, Missions Coordinator