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Hunger is a growing problem, as economic pressures continue. According to the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), one of every seven people in the world is food insecure. We seek to address hunger and its causes in our community and around the world.
In response to current economic times and to the report that Food Bank requests had increased by 70% while funds were decreasing, in the Fall of 2008 we put a large food barrel in the front of our sanctuary and have been making a gift of food to the Food Bank a part of our morning offering each Sunday. We have been collecting on the order of a half a tone of food every year since then. In 2012, it was 1220 pounds.
For more than 20 years, we have been providing dinner on the 4th Friday of each month for 50 men at the Mill Street Homeless Shelter (part of Homeward Bound) in San Rafael. Members prepare casseroles, salad, and desserts which are delivered with milk, bread, and butter (as well as donated toiletries) to the shelter. If you are interested in helping with this outreach, please contact the church office or drop off what you can in the kitchen of Duncan Hall before 3:30 pm on the 4th Friday. Contact Lynn Bicknell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cents-Ability is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. Congregations invite every member — of all ages — to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanks for what we have received. It is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus’ command “You give them something to eat.” When members bring their offerings to church on the appointed Sunday, all of those coins “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” as they are received and dedicated. These small acts of faithfulness can add up: One hundred persons in a congregation will contribute $180 a month at two cents a meal. That’s $2,160 dollars a year. A 30,000-member presbytery has the potential of raising over $1.6 million annually at a nickel a meal. FPCSA collects our Cents-ability offering on the last Sunday of every month.
Neighbors walking together take a stand against hunger in our world through CROP Hunger Walk. Together we raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local hunger-fighting. Hunger Action. CROP Hunger Walks help children and families worldwide—and right here in the United States—to have food for today, while building for a better tomorrow. Each year some two million CROP Walkers, volunteers, and sponsors put their hearts and souls in motion, raising over $16 million per year to help end hunger and poverty around the world and in their own communities. Come be a part of it! The Spring 2014 CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, March 23 at 2pm. For more information and to make a contribution, click here.