April 26th, 2012 at 9:49 am
One day traumatically changed Haley’s life, sending her in a hurtful direction and separating her from her parents. See how Exodus Ministries in Dallas, an outreach supported by the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, is helping Haley re-launch her life as she and her family grow closer together daily.
This is the newest Hunger Offering video. It can be used in churches anytime, but we are especially encouraging its showing on April 29, because Fifth Sunday is Hunger Sunday.
Can you believe it? You can provide 6 people with a nutritious meal for just ONE DOLLAR! Between now and August 31, you can anyway. The David M. Crowley Foundation has issued a generous $100,000 matching challenge to friends of the North Texas Food Bank. Full Story »
Are people in your community really all that hungry? Let’s find out. Go to this website provided by Feeding America. http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx
Click on your state and your county. Read the information found there. Think about it. Pray about it. Is your congregation doing something about it? Many of you are; but if not, please consider how you can become involved in the solution.
One way is to go to the Texas Food Bank Network website ( www.tfbn.org ), click on “Need Food?” and then “Find Your Food Bank.” Click on your county on the map to find the food bank for your area. At that food bank site, explore ways you and your church can make a difference. It’s that simple.
It’s really getting close now! You don’t want to miss this. JULY 6-13 IS THE WEEK. Faith-based groups are beginning to reserve their times to volunteer. Will your church be one of them?
The once-a-year Full On Faith Week is time set aside by the North Texas Food Bank for faith-based groups to take over all their volunteer spots—and that is a lot of volunteers! The time slots on Saturdays fill up first. It’s even better if you have a group that can come on a weekday. Shifts are 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. If your church is in one of the counties served by NTFB, then this is your opportunity! Sign up now if your church is in Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Navarro, or Rockwall counties. Go to www.ntfb.org and click on the volunteer tab.
Your volunteer hours can be credited to an NTFB-affiliated food pantry in your neighborhood. Just put the name of the pantry on the card when you sign in. Each hour provides $1.80 credit toward that pantry’s future purchase of food.
Just as a reminder, the requirements for volunteering are:
- Be able to lift small boxes and cans
- Be able to stand and/or walk for 2 to 2 ½ hours with occasional breaks
- Wear closed-toed shoes while on the warehouse floor
- Wear reasonably modest but comfortable and cool clothing, as the warehouse is not air-conditioned
- Be at least 16 years of age. (Volunteers ages 10-15 may volunteer if accompanied by an adult
with a ratio of 1 adult for every 5-7 children.)