Local Churches Help the Hungry

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KANSAS CITY — Hundreds of volunteers from all over Missouri rolled up their sleeves for Serve 2012 on Saturday. In Kansas City, five United Methodist churches joined forces to accomplish one big goal…feed the metro’s hungry children.

Volunteers dedicated Saturday, September 8 as a day of service.

“The whole experience this morning is about praising God…giving thanks for what God is doing through us,” said Pastor Jenn Klein with Country Club United Methodist.

In the last couple of weeks, five area congregations gave $10,000 to buy food for the hungry.

“If you look into a lot of what was done in the New Testament, there was feeding the poor and working with the sick, but there’s really been a transformation in the church over the last few years to get more involved in community,” said volunteer Scott Leigh. “It’s not just about Sunday anymore.”

The volunteers filled sack lunches for Harvesters.

“We are gonna get together to do something,” said volunteer Franklin Walker. “We want to do thousands. We are talking about more than 5,000 lunches here.”

“Those lunches are very important to the hungry in this community,” said Sarah Biles with Harvesters. “One in five children in our area are hungry and these lunches are gonna go to them.”

Little brown bags that can be discretely given to kids who are self conscious a bout their situations. It’s not just about sharing the lunches, it’s about many cultures and all generations unifying in an effort to make a change.

“Just to get people together and not just the church members but the whole neighborhood, the whole city,” Walker said.

More than 6,500 lunch sacks were filled on Saturday.

If you would like to donate time or money to Harvesters’ Hunger Action Drive this month click here.

 

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