This is a reprint of my column from the June/July 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here.
Last month, a group of people spent a little more than an hour at the United Methodist Church packing bags of food for the Summer Lunchbox program. It was fast and it was fun… and it was good to see people from churches in our town come together to help people in our community who are living in poverty.
It was also a reminder.
When the weather is cold and the new year is on the horizon, our attention regularly turns to people living in poverty. There are food drives and coat collections and people ringing bells outside of every grocery store. And I am grateful that so many people are so generous during that season.
But the sad truth is that there are people living in poverty all year ‘round. People who don’t have safe, decent, affordable housing. People who don’t have enough appetizing and nutritious food to eat. People who can’t afford necessary medical care. And we are called to be generous every day.
(And I know I wrote about giving to the church last month, but generosity is kind of my jam.)
So, this summer, I hope you’ll do two things.
First, I hope that you’ll participate in the All Churches Referral Center Food Drive during June. As usual, bags of non-perishable food can be left under the coat rack in the narthex.
Second, I hope that you’ll consider giving to the Summer Lunchbox program, which feeds people—especially children—in the Central DeWitt Community School District during the summer break. Just $340 supports a family for the entire summer, making sure they have cereal, crackers, easy-to-make entrees like SpaghettiOs, bread, milk, and other food each week.
And, if you can’t do either of those things, I hope you’ll find some way to remember and help the folks who are remembered around Christmas time and forgotten about for much of the rest of the year. Together, we can make a difference in so many lives.