41 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, and the majority of them do not live in poverty. In fact, around 27% of individuals who struggle with hunger and are considered ‘food insecure’ live in households that earn incomes 185% above the poverty line, making them ineligible for most federal nutrition assistance programs. (See http://www.feedingamerica.org/assets/pdfs/fact-sheets/poverty-and-hunger-fact-sheet.pdf)
Food Banks (Food Pantries) serve to address this unfortunate oversight by offering free food to those in need. Did you know that there are 314 food pantries in the Frederick area alone? (Click HERE for a detailed listing of these pantries.) And still, some of the shelves go dry outside of the public’s focused collection drives. Donating food to the local pantries on a regular basis is vital. Hunger doesn’t go out of season. Grace Church has a grocery cart in the church entryway to collect weekly non-perishable food donations. Once each month, a member of the Outreach Team delivers the food to one of the many local food pantries for distribution.
If you would like to participate in this meaningful ministry or know of someone in need, please contact the parish administrator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 301-865-3270.
(Photo Credit: Audrey Shomos, Jim Murphy, and Vikki Enright fill grocery bags with food for a pantry’s guests. Photographer: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service)