Hunger is one of the biggest issues facing the world today. Every 6 seconds a child dies of a hunger related issue somewhere in the world. This isn’t right and we believe Jesus has called this church to help solve this problem.
World Hunger – Every year we partner with a group called Feed My Starving Children (www.fmsc.org) to feed children who are on the brink of starvation.
Here is how it works: We buy an 18 wheeler tractor trailer truck filled with food stuff. These food items are specifically designed to help malnourished children. It is delivered to our church and we take three days (2000 man hours) to mix and package it into individual meals. This year we did a quarter of a million meals. Then it is shipped to Feed My Starving Children partners in high need areas. They then distribute the food every day for a full year. This year we will be feeding 724 kids for an entire year, and we hope to feed even more next year. Will that end world hunger? No. However it did for those 724 kids!
Local Hunger – Nearly one in five children in America can’t count on having enough to eat. Their bodies may not be rail thin, nor their bellies bloated like their counterparts in other countries, but they’re at risk of hunger all the same. They lack the energy to learn, grown and thrive. More than 16 million children in America are at risk of hunger.
Moderate nutritional vulnerability, the kind often seen among children facing hunger in the United States, can hinder cognitive development and impair young children’s abilities over a lifetime.
Children who struggle with hunger face additional problems such as inhibited development, increased susceptibility to illnesses, less energy for social interactions, and lower academic achievement.
To address this need locally we run a food pantry (Food Pantry). This volunteer driven food pantry serves attendees of the Vineyard Church and residents of the Lakeland area. The hours of operation are Saturdays from 1:00–3:30PM. Interested in volunteering? Contact Gwen Elmer, firstname.lastname@example.org.