Yesterday (Tuesday) I had the opportunity to share in a presentation at the Eastside rotary club. It was a joy sharing in conversation with Arin, from Old Bethel, and Tyler, from Indy Urban Acres. We presented on food distribution and advocacy, highlighting how food is nurtured and distributed into the community. One of the most fun things we were able to share was the ways that different agencies are working together on the far Eastside of Indy. Today I am giving thanks for the ways these agencies are serving together. Food insecurity is a problem in our city, and there are so many layers and issues to that problem. Additionally, we need a community to bring about justice and equity in the community. And, that is why I find myself giving thanks this morning. I am giving thanks for the community of the far Eastside of Indy. There are so many people, and agencies, wanting to make a difference. Indeed, we all have a part to play in eradicating food insecurity in our city. We long for a day when pantries and food banks are not needed. We long for a day when all people have access to food. We long for equity. However, until that day, we have work to do. All of us have work to do.
How can you help?
Good question 🙂
You can continue to bring in canned goods, where possible with ring pull tops.
You can continue to bring in peanut butter, packaged tuna, fish, and chicken etc…
You can volunteer at the Food Pantry, the next opportunity is December 10th. Although there are many other opportunities to stock shelves and serve during the week. Ask Ed, or Pastors’ Matthew and Rick, and we will connect you.
You can serve with Indy Urban Acres, planting and gathering the harvest, starting again in 2023
You can volunteer, Tuesday nights at the Moorhead Resource Center, when we are ready to share produce again with neighbors, in 2023.
You can join the Faith Mission Committee. This committee has really begun to encourage involvement in missions, see Pastor Rick.
We can all do something. Food insecurity is all of our issues, until there is equity.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:37- 40