North Alabama SoSA Partner Churches are feeding the hungry

8/15/2006

In the North Alabama Conference, six UM church congregations partnered with the Society of St. Andrew  to feed the hungry during the first quarter of 2006 and four more churches partnered during the second quarter of the year.  The donations from these ten churches were combined with those of 195 other UM Partner Churches across the connection for a total of $224,178.  This amount provided nearly four million pounds of fresh, nutritious food that would have gone to waste bt w programs for gleaning Americas fields and feeding Americas hungry are the Gleaning Network, the Potato Project, Harvest of Hope, and the Hunger Relief Advocate Initiative.  With the help of as many as 40,000 volunteers each year, SoSA is able to glean 30-40 million pounds of fresh produce that otherwise would have rotted in fields or landfills.  All the food is donated but SoSA must pay for bagging and transportation to get it to agencies that feed the hungry.

Partner Churches support SoSAs ministry by providing the financial means to help glean even more food to feed the poor, educate people about the causes and effects of hunger in the nation and world, and enable SoSA to reach out in loving kindness to a world that is hungry for food and foto feed the hungry during the first quarter of 2006 and four more churches partnered during the second quarter of the year.  The donations from these ten churches were combined with those of 195 other UM Partner Churches across the connection for a total of $224,178.  This amount provided nearly four million pounds of fresh, nutritious food that would have gone to waste but were, instead, salvaged from growers then donated to food banks and service agencies throughout the nation.  This is about 30% of the food SoSA has saved and distributed to the hungry this year from January through June. 

The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) is an Advance Special of the United Methodist Church (#801600) and a national nonprofit hunger-relief ministry.  Its major programs for gleaning Americas fields and feeding Americas hungry are the Gleaning Network, the Potato Project, Harvest of Hope, and the Hunger Relief Advocate Initiative.  With the help of as many as 40,000 volunteers each year, SoSA is able to glean 30-40 million pounds of fresh produce that otherwise would have rotted in fields or landfills.  All the food is donated but SoSA must pay for bagging and transportation to get it to agencies that feed the hungry.

Partner Churches support SoSAs ministry by providing the financial means to help glean even more food to feed the poor, educate people about the causes and effects of hunger in the nation and world, and enable SoSA to reach out in loving kindness to a world that is hungry for food and for the gospel.  Churches are recognized as Partners for donations of $500 and more to the hunger-relief ministry of Society of St. Andrew.  Partner Church categories and their levels of giving include: St. Andrew Partner ($500), One Mile Partner ($850), Change the World Partner ($1,000), and Extra Mile Partner ($1,700).

The Society of St. Andrew has issued certificates of recognition and gratitude to the following churches in the North Alabama Conference for their Partner Church level support during the first half of 2006:

St. Andrew Partners

  • Acmar UMC                           Moody, AL     
  • Eclectic UMC                          Eclectic, AL     
  • First UMC                               Jacksonville, AL     
  • First UMC                               Alexander City, AL     
  • Huffman UMC                         Birmingham, AL     
  • Lacey's Spring UMC                Lacey's Spring, AL     
  • Pleasant Grove UMC               Pleasant Grove,  AL     

Change the World Partners

  • Latham UMC                            Huntsville, AL     
  • Snead First UMC                      Albertville, AL     

Extra Mile Partner

  • Alexandria UMC                        Alexandria, AL     

Churches throughout the connection are encouraged to participate with the Society of St. Andrew in feeding the hungry.  For more information about SoSA and its Partner Churches program, contact the national office at 800-333-4597, email at church@endhunger.org mailto:church@endhunger.org , online at www.endhunger.org , or by mail at 3383 Sweet Hollow Road, Big Island, VA 24526.

 


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