For over 15 years, as soon as the weather starts getting cold and wet, we line up from the church to the food shelf, and in a show of solidarity pass bags of food from person to person to fill the shelves at the other end. Why is this important? Worthwhile?
First, because we’re approaching that time of year when families and individuals who have little in the way of resources, both financially and socially, are feeling the pinch. The food shelf is full of people looking for a supplement to their grocery bill during the six hours per week it is open. We help keep it stocked at a time when the food-shelf is running through food.
Secondly, there are many who feel that food-shelves are a waste of good people’s time and energy. We can at least, by our actions indicate we think otherwise. There are a good many other people who simply don’t think about the food-shelf and the plight of the hungry families in our town. Again, without comment, our actions suggest that here is a group of people concerned for all members of our community.
You can help by bringing a bag or two to share in the effort, starting as soon as this Sunday. That bag can be filled with anything you’d likely want to have stocked in your kitchen shelves.
Here are some needed items:
- Cereal (no oatmeal)
- Snacks (like a variety of crackers)
- Canned chicken
- Soups (not tomato)
- Canned fruit and apple sauce
- Pastas other than spaghetti
- Black beans
- Baked beans
The Food Chain is scheduled for November 12, following worship.