July 30th, 2012 at 10:25 am
What a week it was! Many North Texas Baptist churches participated in the Full On Faith Week at the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas July 9-14. A total of 872 people volunteered for one of the three-hour shifts, and the results are amazing! The total number of pounds of food prepared for distribution was 148,632! The number of meals provided to the hungry was 182,431!
Thank you, Texas Baptists, for doing your part in meeting hunger needs in our communities. Don’t stop there, though. The North Texas Food Bank and other food banks across Texas need volunteers every weekday and some Saturdays. Get a group together any time and sign up. You will be blessed!
Bread for the World has announced its 2014 Offering of Letters to United States senators and representatives. Bread does not send these letters; Bread encourages and empowers individual Christians to conduct this annual letter-writing campaign, and this often occurs through churches.
This year’s effort asks lawmakers to reform United States food aid in times of crisis and to foster long-term solutions to hunger. Specifically, it asks for legislation to pursue three goals:
1) Improve efficiency in international crisis aid by allowing more food to be bought in or near the country where it is needed and by reducing sales of American-grown food in developing countries and instead funding local projects that can provide more sustainable anti-hunger efforts.
2) Enhance the nutritional quality of food aid and better target it to vulnerable people, such as women and children in the first 1,000 days of life.
3) Protect funding for emergency and development food aid.
Bread, which is supported by the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, provides a wide variety of helpful resources to help people understand the issues related to U.S. aid and to help churches organize letter-writing campaigns. It’s a great way to lay a foundation of concern for hunger and poverty in the world, and this concern is firmly rooted in the gospel message of Jesus.
DALLAS – Texas Baptists gave more than $953,000 to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering in 2013 to help address hunger and poverty issues around the world. Full Story »
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 »