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In this issue:
Finding Hope & Opportunity in a Tough Season (pg. 1) tells the journey of a farmer discovering a surplus to supporting a community
If you have Food to Eat, Thank a Farmer (pg. 2) shares the experience of farmers and explores why they donate their food
What is a Yam Jam? (pg. 3) tells the growth a gleaning event into a seasonal celebration, thanks to you
Recent Donations (pg. 2) made in honor of, and in memory of, some wonderful and inspiring people.
Ways to Support the Mission (pg. 4) includes free spiritual resources, fundraisers, and more
Working with our police and sheriff departments is a big part of our values at HHH. Captain Flynn stopped by recently to visit with our residents. Thanks to Captain Flynn and the City of Tampa Police department, the ladies recently received movie cards and were able to get out of the summer heat and see a movie! To keep reading, click here.
God helps us to set our eyes on JESUS knowing Christ is the only one that allows us to grow spiritually through his glory. In this cycle many people were motivated to put the best effort to contribute to their own well-being. The orchards have been reviewed by Martin Machado agronomist and in each garden receives what they need to have healthy crops All communities have provided the supply of water to plants due to a low rainy season. We are praying for a wet ending of the rainy season until the end of October. Many families are eager to join in the next crop cycle to work hard and get benefits in the garden project. . Empower community is a community that we just started working with, and they have been able to harvest corn successfully. Dr. Medina and the Group of teenagers are still growing bananas, tomato and chile. To keep reading, click here.
Love Story – Meet Ben
At age 48, Ben had never had a driver license or held a job and lived with his parents who had both recently passed away. Ben was referred to Love INC by his father’s employer. He was not able to pay rent and was seeking shelter with friends, at Homeless Helping Homeless and the Salvation Army. Ben lacked a support system but still managed to find employment at Armature Works and is enrolled in the Metropolitan Ministries culinary program to receive a certification to become a chef. Along with his new employment, Ben is now housed and a thriving participant of Portico Workforce Housing Solutions. Through Love INC, Ben has been connected to caring Resource Navigators who have wrapped their arms around him, inviting him to church, encouraging and mentoring him. Love INC has connected Ben to grief counseling, housing, a bike referral, clothing, and spiritual support all of which he is very grateful for!
Join us August 21 from 12:00-1:00 at The Portico Cafe for this monthly informational lunch to learn more about Love INC’s mission and work in Tampa.
Upcoming Opportunities to Serve:
October: Reading ROCKS! Book and Craft Fair in Sulphur Springs
Data Entry Volunteer at The Help Center
Social Media Volunteer
For more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Lindsey at email@example.com.
One Blood’s Bloodmobile returns to our Hyde Park campus. Your donation will save lives and ever drop matters! This month, donors will receive an insulated cooler bag along with your health screening for your donation. Look for the Big Red Bus between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Azeele Street.
January through July:
- 9.1 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
- 27.3 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
- 8,325 Passionate Volunteers Engaged
- 2,111 Events to End Hunger Held
- 985 Recipient Agencies Received Food
Now let’s check out the latest good news.
“It’s not always easy but it’s always worth it…”
Sarah graduated from high school this year but has been involved in mission work as long as she can remember. When she’s not serving, she’s often fundraising for future mission opportunities.
She says, “Missions are just sort of a family affair. My parents are involved. My brother and sister help out. Even my aunt, who lives next door, is involved in lots of mission opportunities as well.”
Five years ago, Sarah attended a mission trip through the Society of St. Andrew called Harvest of Hope. She vividly remembers what she experienced, felt, and learned that week.
During that week, she learned the overwhelming statistics about hunger and food insecurity and began to understand the reality that there were hungry neighbors in her own hometown. Sarah specifically remembers learning that people can be struggling with hunger and not “look hungry.”
She remembers a powerful exercise called the hunger awareness meal. Participants were divided into family units with “parents” and “kids.” These “families” were then segmented into tiers, based on hypothetical incomes and economic circumstances.
During the meal, the food was distributed unequally to the various tiers and families. Some families had lasagna, vegetables, sides, and enough food for every person. Other tiers received simpler foods and lots of carbs. And the last tier received noticeably smaller amounts of food.
These smaller servings didn’t even provide enough to feed each person in Sarah’s “family unit.” Her character was a parent and she was faced with the decision to eat and address her own hunger or skip eating so the “children” would each have an appropriate amount to eat and feel full.
In that moment, Sarah felt compassion for parents in her community that struggle daily with the exact same decisions. She knew hunger was a global issue. She had packed meals for overseas mission trips and served in feeding lines at a homeless shelter. But now, she was acutely aware that some people have to make difficult decisions like this on a regular basis.
She left that Harvest of Hope trip and knew she had to do something specifically for her local community.
Sarah brought the idea to her father about growing food to help end hunger. John had a farm and land, but had not grown food on a large scale. He agreed to plant some vegetables on three acres so Sarah could give food back to their local community.
One season, the weather ruined their crops and they couldn’t donate anything that year. But Sarah keeps on planning and planting, every year, motivated by her desire for hungry people to eat good food.
Since 2015, Sarah’s family has shared more than 150,000 servings of food through the Society of St. Andrew’s Gleaning Network.
To Sarah, each new year is a new opportunity to serve her community. She comments, “Having the weather ruin all of your hard work is disappointing, but it’s nothing compared to what a parent must feel when they’re struggling to feed their children.”