Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mission Highlight: Feeding Programs in the SEJ

Our 2014 Mission Highlights have featured incredible initiatives across the Southeastern Jurisdiction: rural, urban, disaster, and beyond. As we wrap up the year, we thought the holidays would be the perfect time to highlight a few of the feeding ministries in our jurisdiction.

CROS Food Sorting
This ecumenical ministry serves the children, the elderly and shut-in, and the impoverished in and around its Lake Worth, Florida community. Their efforts reach across multiple platforms and include a food pantry, community kitchen, food delivery, a gleaning initiative, and after-school snacks for school children. They request groups of 10-15 volunteers, and welcome families with young children to help as well! The shifts are no less than 4 hours, so you could consider making CROS one part of a mission opportunity that includes several mission types. They welcome volunteers all year, but the greatest need is during the holidays, November-January. To learn more about volunteering, please click here.

If you are searching for a hands-on mission opportunity, then look no more. Gleaning is the act of manually picking the crops that commercial machines leave behind. Believe it or not, it is a practice that has actually been utilized since ancient times to feed the hungry. To date, approximately 13 million pounds of potatoes and other produce–that would have otherwise gone to waste–has provided about 40 million servings of food for the hungry in Alabama. The Alabama Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers statewide; most gleans begin around 8:00 am and are over by noon, making this an ideal opportunity for local groups or one activity for visiting short-term teams. To learn more, please visit their website

Harvest of Hope
Harvest of Hope, along with the gleaning networks, is another ecumenical ministry of the Society of Saint Andrew. Their goal is to “educate participants concerning the domestic and global hunger problem” and to “encourage them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution.” HoH participants learn about the hunger epidemic through multiple hands-on experiences, including the opportunity to glean, worship God with others, classroom study, and they even commit to eating only healthy, nutritious meals during their stay. For more information on participating in a Harvest of Hope session, please click here.
For the rest of our Mission Highlights, please click here. For more mission opportunities across the Southeastern Jurisdiction, please visit our Send a Team page.

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