Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Food Box Ministry

Remember that SUV full of food?  We're sending it out!
 The churches of the High Country Lutheran Coalition (Bethany, Boone; Church of the Savior, Newland; Grace, Boone; Holy Communion, Banner Elk; and St. Mark, Lenoir) are working together to help feed food insecure families this summer.
During the school year, the Feeding America BackPack program sends food home on the weekends to food insecure families.  During the summer, these families experience a food gap.

In April, a Faith/School Summit was held, to bring together area churches, schools, and agencies to address hunger and other issues by working together as a community.  The response has been overwhelming!  

The premise of the Food Box program is that one "box" of food feeds one family for one week.

The Lutheran Coalition churches have pledged a combined $6,000 for this food box ministry, which will result in over 120 boxes of food.  We meet together about every 2 weeks to pack the boxes, then send them out with members to be delivered to homes around the High Country.
Not only is this a great ministry to be involved in, it's also a great bonding experience, as we get to know members from other Coalition churches in a different light.  Working alongside people for a common cause strengthens us as a community, and gives greater purpose to the Coalition.

The response has been incredible.  The generosity, overwhelming.  God is multiplying our efforts to address hunger in our community.

Look for stories on this ministry to appear in the Watauga Democrat newspaper, and the NC Synod e-News.

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