Join us for the month of November and take on the #HungerAwarenessChallenge. Each day has an action step you can take to learn more about food insecurity and get involved! Download and share!
Have you ever heard of SNAP? Do you know someone on Food Stamps but you don’t know what that means? Are you or your church interested learning how to leverage your food pantry to serve more people? Watch this webinar hosted by Emily Autry and Alejandra Salemi, MPH, with all the information you need about SNAP, ways to help your food pantry customers gain access to SNAP benefits and so much more!
October 1, 2020 at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Register by Sept. 28!
This nation-wide virtual event on Ending Hunger is designed to 1) reframe lack of access to adequate and affordable food in ways which lead to understanding the actual root causes, and 2) equip participants with tools to design community-based food systems through an asset-based approaches to utilize land, organize communities and advancing food and economic sovereignty.
The October 1 virtual event is followed by 4 subsequent workshops from October 8 to 29 on the nuts and bolts of starting community-based micro-farms and building a network of communities. This event is sponsored by Bread for the World, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
Click here to register.
Farmers feed the world. And when farmers struggle, so do our food systems. As farmers from the United States to West Africa struggle to adapt to the reality of climate change, global hunger is on the rise. We must understand their common challenges if we want to end hunger.
To commemorate Climate Week 2020, join Bread for the World Institute on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. (ET) for an hour-long conversation on how climate change affects global food systems and the changes needed to address the impact of climate change. The conversation will feature perspectives from farmers in Iowa and West Africa.
This international panel, moderated by Todd Post, senior researcher, writer, and editor at Bread for the World Institute, will feature these experts on climate change and food systems:
Please register for the webinar even if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time. This ensures you will receive the recording and follow-up information. Building climate-resilient food systems is critical to achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger and malnutrition. We hope you will attend this critical conversation inspired by The 2020 Hunger Report: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow.
We must give schools and child nutrition program sponsors the flexibility needed to provide meals under rapidly evolving circumstances. Join us, along with the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), Feeding America, the School Nutrition Association, and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, in asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend critical nationwide child nutrition program waivers through the coming school year so we can feed children.
Click the button below and add your organization to the letter by Monday, August 10 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.
By Ann Tannehill | Miami Lakes United Methodist Church
Hope. We try to provide some in these most uncertain times. Five women, five servants, drawn together by God to provide a bit of hope. Here is our ongoing story.
It was mid-March 2020 and our world as we knew it turned upside down. Coronavirus, now a word we know all too well, shattered our world as no single thing has in any recent history.
Thanks to the unbridled tenacity of our pastor, a food ministry was born at our little church. Our pastor’s wife then called on four church members and explained God had provided an opportunity for us to help our community in this crisis.
We all agreed, we could not wait to embark on the plan that God made available for us. For the last 20 weeks, this group has lovingly provided hope to the community through our food distribution ministry.
Meet Christina, a participant in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Watch the video to listen to her story about how SNAP has helped provide increased food security for her family.
In light of COVID-19, catastrophic increases in hunger are predicted globally and domestically. As the Senate is back in session to consider additional measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, this stimulus bill is our last big chance to do something about it immediately. SNAP is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger. Seventy-four percent of adult SNAP participants are working or have worked within a year of SNAP participation. Though benefits average approximately $1.40 per person per meal, recent studies suggest every $1 of SNAP benefits during an economic downturn generates between $1.50 and $1.80 in economic activity. This money goes to farmers, grocery stores and everyone who has been suffering during this time; it helps our local communities.
Please keep the pressure on our senators and your member of Congress. We invite you to share this video on social media and tag your legislators.
Help Us Advocate for a Boost in SNAP Benefits! As the Senate goes back in session on Monday, July 20, we ask you to join us in contacting Senators Rubio and Scott about the need to increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits now. SNAP is the largest and most effective nutrition program in the country, serving as our nation’s first line of defense against hunger and food insecurity.
Please email or call the senators between 9 a.m. and noon (EST) on Monday, July 20 as we join anti-hunger advocates around the country to make our collective voice strong.
Click here for a fact sheet that you can email or use as talking points.
How to contact your senators:
Senator Marco Rubio
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Senator Rick Scott
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By Joe Henderson | FLUMC
The year 2020 will be remembered for the catastrophe of COVID-19 and the thousands of deaths it wrought across Florida and the nation. It is the year of economic collapse and the calamity that lost income has on families.
And it will be a time when people everywhere were confronted by the horror of racial injustice, a plague that had been simmering for decades and now has erupted onto the streets.
It can be overwhelming.
But even in this trying time, people can also remember 2020 as the year The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church stepped up across the state to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Under the leadership of Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, the Conference set a bold goal of providing three million meals in the next calendar year to those most in need. The initiative is called Fill the Table and the official roll-out is scheduled for July 6.
The aim is to engage 100,000 United Methodists throughout Florida to help provide food to individuals and families facing devastation during this pandemic. This will be an interfaith effort – we are encouraging partnership with various community organizations as well.