Give. Share. Eat.

October 31, 2017 No Comments

Give. Share. Eat.

On Reformation Sunday I shared some information and an invitation for the people of Holy Trinity. Both were ‘wows’. The information was related to food insecurity in King County and provided by Northwest Harvest. The ‘wow’ was like being punched in the gut. The ‘wow’ took my breath away.

Did you know…?

  • in 2016, in King County 1 in 8 people do not get enough food to meet basic needs
  • 1 in 6 people in King County relay on a food bank
  • 1 in 5 children are hungry
  • Yes, 1 in 5 children are hungry – not receiving adequate nutrition for their needs – in King County

Wow. That is difficult to imagine.

The invitation is also a ‘wow’. In late September, Gethsemane Lutheran in downtown Seattle hosted an event called “Give. Share. Eat”. Over a 2 day period with community volunteers, they packaged over 50,000 meals. The food purchase was made possible with financial gifts from a variety of sources.

Gethsemane wants to do it again. WOW! And I invite Holy Trinity to join them. Here’s a bit of information about the event from Pastor Joanne Engquist of Gethsemane.

  • 73,000+ meals is the plan (symbolic of the 73,000 kids in King County who are food insecure, but the food goes to adults and kids alike)
  • Any local organization that distributes food to the hungry is eligible to receive food to give away. A link to request food will be “live” next week..
  • Details about the meals themselves can be found here. Most important thing to know is that these are nutritionally-sound (fortified!) and shelf-stable for two years (without impacting nutrition). An example is the mac & cheese is five times more nutritious than a popular boxed package of the same. (The boxed brand-name also requires milk and butter/margarine when cooking.)
  • The packaging event will happen on Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2. We’ll also have a time to share food (we’re buying some of what we would package) and conversation from 6pm-7pm on Friday, 12/1. We likely will have a get together at a local pub after packaging is done on Saturday.
  • People of all ages and varied abilities are welcome to volunteer. We had 3 year olds and folks in wheelchairs. There are separate sign-ups for those who need a slower pace (such as the younger kids…). We’re inviting people whose companies and churches are funding this effort to have first access to the signup sheet. Here’s the link.
  • The cost to provide a meal is 25 cents per child, $1 provides a meal for a family of four.

 

WOW!

I have told the people of Gethsemane that Holy Trinity wants to be a part of this event.

There are three ways to be involved:

  • Give… a financial gift to purchase food. Invite others to give.
  • Act…be a volunteer on December 1 or 2. Invite others to serve with you.
  • Pray… for the hungry that they may be fed… for the ones who will plan and work to make a difference.

Our financial support is most critical and our participation as a volunteer is welcome. Our prayers are desired.

Imagine how you will be a part of ‘Give. Share. Eat.’

What if… ?

  • You gave one day, one week, one month (or even more) of your food budget to feed a hungry child
  • You gave 10% of what you spend on eating out or buying coffee drinks.
  • You want to provide a meal for 100 children – $25, 1000 children – $250.
  • You want to feed a family of 4 for a month – 3 meals a day – $90.
  • You want to feed a family of 4 for a year – 3 meals a day – $1,095.

Wow!

Imagine what the people of Holy Trinity will do…

Shalom,   Pastor Deanna

 Give.  Share. Eat.

Here’s the details on donating:

We would like donations by November 20. This will allow Gethsemane to make timely payment of the food costs. However, if you miss that date, gifts will continue to be received until December 2.

You may make a gift through Holy Trinity. Simply indicate on your check or envelope – Give. Share. Eat. or WOW! You may also give on-line and identify this gift in the ‘Other’ category and again, note Give. Share. Eat or WOW!

If your employer provides matching funds for programs like this (and needsa nonsectarian nonprofit) you may use the Hope Center’s giving page through The Seattle Foundation www.tinyurl.com/givehopeseattle .There’s both an employer line and a comments section. If you use the comments section to identify yourself (HTLCMI or something else) as giving as part of Holy Trinity’s ask, we will be able to track the total amount of ‘wow’ given through Holy Trinity.

 

Thank you for your generosity.

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