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.
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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.