Around the holidays we often have big canned food drives and donations that go to shelters and food pantries to keep people warm and fed through the cold winter months. Oddly enough, that can sometimes mean that the summer sees food pantries with empty shelves. Some of this is offset by new harvests from donation gardens and crops gleaned from local farms, but there is always more hunger than there is food.
We have an important upcoming event to take note of at FCC related to hunger: the “Digging Deeper Within” meeting at our church, hosted by Come to the Table (a shared project between RAFI and the NC Council of Churches). This meeting will focus on food ministry and the ways in which churches can help combat food insecurity. We will be sharing our fellowship hall with visitors from Church World Service and Partners in Health and Wholeness, then going out to visit our FCC Garden as well as a couple of other community gardens in our area. If you’ve never been able to go out to First Christian’s garden, this event will be a great opportunity to visit and see what we’ve been growing out there.
Food insecurity is a big problem in our area, and one of our calls as Christ’s people is to find ways to feed the hungry. I’m hopeful that we can have a good showing from FCC there at this meeting. Let’s show our visitors that hunger matters to us, and that we’re ready to learn ways to fight it.
Registration for the event is online at http://ctttpiedmont.brownpapertickets.com/. I hope I’ll see you there!