The Presbytery of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that the Presbyterian Women (Philadelphia) will be undertaking a new hunger initiative to coordinate and to aid the Care Closets within the bounds of our Presbytery.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we know there is much work to do in Philadelphia as we strive to serve those in need. To that end, the Presbytery of Philadelphia celebrates this good news! We are so grateful to the Presbyterian Women (of Philadelphia) for they have come forward to commit to coming along side our Care Closets to help manage and coordinate the Turkey distribution (through SHARE), Aldi Cards and Payless Shoe Cards. Their dedication and passion for this ministry will help our Care Closets continue to outreach to those most vulnerable in our communities.
This good news has been announced to our Care Closet representatives and in our e-news publication. We pray out blessings as the PW prepare to move into their position of responsibility for this mission work and you will soon be hearing from their Moderator, Janet Brown. Please click here for a Letter from Janet Brown: HungerInvitation09 01 14
OUR CARE CLOSETS – A VITAL MINISTRY:
We thank God for the Ministry of the Care Closets in the Philadelphia Presbytery and are excited about this transition as hunger and food insecurities increase throughout the communities our Churches serve. Under the shadows of our steeples here in Philadelphia 1 in 4 residents are at risk for hunger, more than double the rates reported at both the national and state levels.
As summer winds down, let us remember the hungry men, women and children amongst us. Most of us are familiar with photographs of hunger in developing countries—images of crying children with large bellies and emaciated limbs. But in the US, hunger has a different face. According the Hunger Coalition (Philadelphia):
- Hunger is often hidden in the U.S. It’s a father skipping a meal so he can pay the rent.
- It’s a mother going to bed without dinner so her son has enough to eat.
- It’s a grandmother eating one meal a day so she can afford medication.
- In the US, hunger looks like obesity. Families stretch their dollars by buying cheaper, high-calorie foods with little nutritional value. Low-income mothers often cut back on their own meals so their kids don’t go hungry. Such chronic ups and downs in food intake frequently lead to obesity among these women.
- Additionally, many low-income neighborhoods, especially those in the inner city, don’t have supermarkets. That forces residents to rely on corner stores, which are much more likely to carry chips and soda than fresh fruit and vegetables.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free”. Luke 4:18