Friday, June 4, 2010

God's Nuggets: Faith in Action

So a few weeks ago our church had a weekend where we canceled all services and did over 50 projects in the community involving 1000 people from our church.  Shrade and I volunteered for a few hours at the Food Bank.  I was amazed at what I didn't know about the food bank.  Here is a few excerpts from a flyer that we handed out with bags for people to donate.

Did you know?
*Out of 101 people that it takes to run the food bank, only 1 is a paid employee and 100 are volunteers.
*Less than 5% of the food bank funds come from the government and 95% come from community members.  WOW!

I was really humbled in what God has given me and I really want to take a more active part in contributing to my community in a tangible way.  I also think it would be a great project for my son to be in with me as he gets older.

So here is a list of needs for our food bank and probably most others as well:
Breakfast Cereal
Macaroni and Cheese
Canned Fruit
Hamburger Helper
Boxed side dishes (rice a roni, pasta roni)
Kid Friendly Foods (easy mac, spaghetti O's)
Canned meat (Chicken, tuna, ham)
Baby food
Canned veggies
Spaghetti/tomato sauce and noodles
Mayo, mustard, ketchup

Grocery store gift cards are needed so the food bank can purchase items that don't come in on food drives like eggs, butter and other things that run low

Toilet paper
Full size bar soap
diapers, baby wipes
laundry soap
toothpaste, toothbrush
feminine products

cat food

I learned that over 18,000 families were served at the local food bank in my area.  Families can get food for 4 days at 3 meals a day as well as non-food items once a month.  They never turn anyone away.  I know many people have been blessed by this charity.  I even got a message on Facebook from one of my friends who was a single mom who benefited from such a service.

Now, what do you think you can do for your community in this area?  Can you give, volunteer, something else?  I challenge you to take your Faith Into Action beyond just a one day ministry to a lifetime.  I know I will!   Blessings, Shonda

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