April 8th, 2013 at 8:00 am
An elderly couple was trying to make it on their own, not asking for help. They were slowly starving to death. When a friend came by and saw their condition, he checked their pantry and refrigerator. It was almost entirely empty! The friend contacted the local food pantry, and soon a box of food arrived at their home. The elderly couple’s eyes lit up when they saw the cans and boxes of food. They no longer are going hungry, thanks to their neighborhood food pantry and a friend who cared.
This story was recently shared by a food pantry director with The Daily Bread coordinator, Linda Wear, to illustrate the impact food pantry ministries make on the lives of people around us. She shares in her article So…Who’s Hungry? that children, senior adults, the working poor, single-parent families, the unemployed, the under-employed, the homeless, persons with disabilities, and disaster victims are all people who suffer from food insecurity. She writes, “Some are food insecure for only a very short time, some are food insecure intermittently throughout the year, and some are recurrently food insecure. Whatever the reason and whatever the duration, Texas Baptists want to be involved in the short-term and long-term solutions.”
The Daily Bread is a Texas Baptist initiative to help congregations bring faith to life in their communities by joining with hunger-relief resources and programs of area food banks. The initiative helps churches minister in Jesus’ name, knowing God hears the prayer, ‘give us this day our daily bread.’
To learn more about food insecurtiy and food banks in your area, check out these following links:
- Daily Bread Locations
- Map the Meal Gap, Food Insecurity in your County
- North Texas Food Bank
- Texas Food Bank Network
You can find The Daily Bread and other hunger related mission opportunities on Be On Mission by choosing Hunger under Category. You may also toggle between Open, Ongoing and Completed projects on the map by using the color pins above the search tool.
Hunger project contacts in Be On Mission are Daily Bread, Go Now Missions, Meals for Multitudes, Out Hunger, PORTA (a spiritual and cultural center for Albanian immigrants in Athens), Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery, and the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering.
If you make a connection with one of these contacts, please let us know about your experience!
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