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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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 »
BUTTE, Montana – One Friday night, as I was getting ready for bed, I looked outside and realized that I would be spending Saturday morning shoveling snow from the church sidewalks. Again. This made four days that week and three in a row. I set out a reminder for myself in the morning, knowing what my temperament would be. Full Story »