Hunger

Mission and Ministry
Volunteer Elyssa Bollinger packages gleaned sweet potatoes for distribution to local residents and for delivery to shut-ins during a socially distanced Society of St. Andrew “potato drop” at First United Methodist Church in Mt. Olive, N.C., where Bollinger is a member. Most of the loose potatoes were placed into pick-up trucks bound for feeding agencies and church food pantries. Photo by Michael Binger, Society of St. Andrew.

Reclaiming more food to fill pandemic gaps

The Society of St. Andrew, which has always tackled food waste, is trying to help with increased demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
Local Church
Mwinyi Taluhumbu, president of United Methodist Men in Eastern Congo, checks the corn in a field cultivated by the men’s group. The crop is providing cornmeal for pastors from United Methodist urban churches who are struggling amid the coronavirus confinement. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

African churches ease pandemic’s hunger blow

United Methodist congregations continue to support church members and communities struggling with hunger amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Local Church
Volunteer Alli Carter (left) and Alan Becker (center) of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City load fresh produce into a refrigerated trailer as part of the church’s food outreach program that helps provide free meals to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ed Doney, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Tackling food insecurity caused by pandemic

Food-related ministries are a mainstay for United Methodists. Now churches are ramping up efforts in response to COVID-19.
Social Concerns
Tendai Rebecca Gurupira, area coordinator for The United Methodist Church’s Ministry of Women, Youth and Children, holds a box with 100 chicks to be given out to women and girls in the drought-prone Masvingo District in Zimbabwe. The farming project is funded by an $8,000 grant from United Methodist Women. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

United Methodists respond to Zimbabwe hunger crisis

The United Nations estimates that half the population in Zimbabwe is food insecure due to persistent droughts and economic turmoil.

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