Hunger Awareness in Action
Unique Community Garden Partnership with Schools and Business
McCabe Roberts UMC
Pastor Rodney Graves shares this video illustrating the power of partnership related to the church’s involvement in a community garden. TASTE (Teaching Agriculture Sustainability Through Economics) now uses the garden to teach students and residents about nutrition, conservation and crop production to boost self-sufficiency and health. Watch the video
As part of a Lenten sermon series, based on The Way, from Adam Hamilton, Chapelwood UMC- Lake Jackson member heard a testimony each week followed by a response moment. “During the services focused on 'Sinners, Outcast, and the Poor', and how Jesus calls all to present God's love to those around us, the congregation was invited to the front to respond with a commitment to reach out to those in need, by scooping a spoon of rice into a bag,” explains Associate Pastor Bonnie Osteen. “They were also invited outside and bag rice and beans.”
Some 250 responded during the service and more than 60 people scooped, bagged, and stacked 1515 pounds of rice and beans, which resulted in 556 bags. According to Pastor Osteen, the food was then divided between the Food Pantry in Clute and Brazosport Cares in Freeport, to distribute to the local community.
The Way: Service Project - Chapelwood had a great time packing rice for local food agencies.
April 13 Dinner Promotes Hunger Awareness
The second biennial Hunger Awareness Dinner will take place at League City United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 13th in the Family Life Center, sponsored by LCUMC in partnership with the Galveston County Food Bank. The goal of the evening is to help increase public awareness concerning hunger issues and food insecurity, which people in this community face on a daily basis. The dinner presentation not only will focus on the need to help feed people locally, nationally and around the world, but it will also identify ways people can join the volunteer network. It also serves to financially support the church’s mobile food truck ministry over the next two years.
In 2012, LCUMC was able to provide help and feed 4,230 families. A silent auction will begin at 5 pm followed by dinner and an interactive presentation at 6 pm Tickets are now available and can be purchased for $25 for adults and $20 for anyone under 17 years of age.
“We have grown this concept and have made the current dinner a lot of fun,” said LCUMC’s Lucy Harvell, who chairs the event with her husband, Frank. “We want this dinner to stand on two parts. We want it to be educational as well as provide a means to fund the mobile food truck ministry at our church. It also demonstrates to people how the food bank works.”
There will be several items on hand at the silent auction. A baseball signed by Alex Rodriquez provided by Alex Rodriguez Mercedes-Benz, a week-long vacation trip to Colorado, a BMW weekend jaunt, stays at area hotels and resorts as well as gift baskets, restaurant experiences, wine memberships and other fun specialty items will be part of the festivities.