Thanks to the generosity of Lutheran congregations across the region, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Bishop James S. Dunlop, on behalf of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, presented the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank a gift in the amount of $5,932.89. These donations were received from the Fill the Truck to Feed the Children initiative which took place during the 2017 Synod Assembly held last June. Summer is a time when children who receive free and reduced-price meals are even more at risk for hunger. With no school breakfasts and lunches, getting enough nutritious food can be a real challenge. Working with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, congregations provided nourishing food for children who rely on free or reduced-priced school breakfasts, lunches and weekend BackPack Programs. Fill the Truck to Feed the Children became a successful reality. Together, we collected more than 7,000 pounds of food (11 pallets) along with monetary donations near $6,000 for the Central PA Food Bank to use in feeding hungry children and their families.
“With more than 80 congregations in the Lower Susquehanna Synod actively engaged in hunger ministries, Lutherans across our synod are working to reduce hunger in many ways, some targeting hungry children and food-insecure students,” shares Bishop Jim Dunlop, “It’s part of Jesus’ call to love our neighbor, to care for those on the margins, and to preach the gospel with our hands, feet, and hearts. Together our ‘little bits of good’ are eradicating hunger one relationship at a time.”
Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, says “We are so thankful to our friends from the Lower Susquehanna Synod for this wonderful food-raising and fund-raising effort, which in total provided almost 42,000 healthy meals for children struggling with hunger in Central Pennsylvania. It is truly remarkable to have 80 congregations join in this effort as community partners in our mission.”
This summer, Lutherans from across the region will once again gather at Messiah College for our annual assembly. With gratitude for the feeding ministries throughout our synod, we recognize there is another call, a deeper call, a harder call – to tear out the roots of and to confront the causes of hunger. To live into this year’s theme, ‘Eradicating Hunger One Relationship at a Time,’ we are organizing a region-wide public day of feeding and service for Saturday, June 2. The main service opportunity includes a meal-packing event on site at Messiah College. With a goal of packing 300,000 meals, nutritious food will be provided to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. To make this happen, we need 600 volunteers and financial donations. In addition, we are providing several different opportunities for the public to participate in hunger-related mission and service throughout the region. Volunteers are needed to support hunger ministries such as the Wittel Farm Growing Project, the Community Breakfasts at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Harrisburg, St. James Lutheran Church, York, and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “We continue to take hunger very seriously,” shares Deacon Marsha Roscoe, Director for Mission Interpretation, “and we invite the community to join us in eradicating hunger one relationship at a time.” The community is invited to sign-up for one of any of the June 2 feeding events scheduled online here. (https://www.lss-elca.org/synod-assembly/).
The Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of 65 ELCA synods and includes approximately 233 congregations and worshiping communities. The Lower Susquehanna Synod strives to feed others as we have been fed by Christ. For more information, visit our website at www.lss-elca.org or call 717-652-1852.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 1000 local agencies and partner programs, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serves nearly 150,000 people in need every month. For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit http://www.centralpafoodbank.org or call 717-564-1700.