I was hungry and you fed me… Matthew 25:34
The Task Force on Hunger is a group of persons who volunteer from congregations within the Diocese of Missouri. We meet every other month to carry out the business of speaking out and acting on behalf of hungry persons by funding food ministries, raising awareness about hunger and poverty issues, serving as a resource to food ministries within the Diocese of Missouri, and advocating on behalf of hungry persons within the Diocese.
Every year, the Task Force invites food ministries affiliated with an Episcopal congregation within the Diocese of Missouri to submit an application for funding for the coming calendar year. Funding will be available throughout the year based on revenue received in the Diocesan annual operating budget, donations made to the Task Force by individuals, grants received from parishes, and donations received during Hunger Month.
The food pantries and projects we support often operate on a shoestring, but are on the front lines in fighting hunger and homelessness in our neighborhoods. Our primary work is to support these groups by providing money that helps keep them viable. (See sidebar for application.)
Starvation, hunger and food insecurity are problems not limited by geography, race, or citizenship.
The Task Force on Hunger, in addition to raising funds to feed hungry persons in our own neighborhoods, strives to raise awareness of food insufficiencies throughout the diocese. We accomplish this by designating one month per year as Hunger Month so that congregations can circulate information about the needs of food insecurity within the diocese, and invite a member of the Task Force or other advocate to preach or lead an Adult Forum one Sunday, and collect funds though plate donations to go to the Task Force funding program. Further, the Task Force publishes statistics and stories about hungry persons in diocesan publications and the food ministries aimed at alleviating their needs.
Resource for Food Ministries
As an information clearinghouse on topics of poverty and hunger issues and types of programs that could be created to address hunger, we serve as a resource to food ministries within the Diocese of Missouri.
The Task Force on Hunger advocates in partnership with other organizations to effect policy and program changes that directly affect the hungry persons in Missouri. We are initiating a partnership with Empower Missouri to expand our reach and ability to advocate on behalf of hungry persons.
New Task Force Members
We are seeking individuals who are interested in this ministry and wish to join the Task Force to contact one of the persons below about joining. Our goal is to have every geographic area( convocation) represented on the Task Force and to that end we are moving our meetings to 10:30 am on Saturday mornings so that folks can travel from around the diocese to the meetings.
- Jane Mayfield, Christ Church Cathedral, Jane.Mayfield@outlook.com