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May's Work of Mercy:
To Feed the Hungry
Our Corporal Work of Mercy for May: To Feed the Hungry
The world produces enough food to feed everyone in the world, but each day, hundreds of millions of people are hungry because they do not have the land to grow food or the money to purchase it. Where can we learn more about hunger? How can we help?
What does to mean to “feed” someone – and what does it mean to be hungry?
You might “feed” someone by providing direct support through a food bank or food pantry:
- If your grocery store has a “food bank” cart, you can drop off a few items each time you shop. Try not to purchase more food than you are able to eat. If you notice that you end up throwing groceries away each week, purchase fewer groceries to eliminate waste, and donate the savings to those in need.
- You can donate food on the first Sunday of each month at either Holy Trinity or Twelve Apostles for Platte County United Services’ Food Pantry.
- Give formula or baby food to a pregnancy center such as Parkville Women’s Clinic. (You could fix a specific “blessing bag” to donate for pregnant moms and babies.)
Who else in our lives is “hungry”?
- Make a Blessing Bag to hand out to the poor or homeless. Include non-perishable food such as pop top cans of soup or fruit, granola bars, meal bars, small boxes of cereal, individual bags of chips, raisins, nuts, etc. You can also include some sanitizing hand wipes or a toothbrush and toothpaste! These “blessing bags” may be handed out to people on the street corners or to a wounded warriors organization or possibly the Salvation Army, as they have people come to them when they are in need.
- You can offer to serve meals at a soup kitchen or shelter and offer kindness and dignity to people who have come for food. (You could probably take Blessing Bags to hand out or leave for the managers to hand out when they see a need.)
- Carry a meal bar and a bottle of water to hand out if you see a homeless person while traveling.
- Volunteer at food banks, such as United Services, to stock shelves or fill orders.
- Take a meal to a shut-in in your neighborhood or parish.
- Help out at a community garden where everyone in the area can work together and share fresh vegetables!
- Help at Harvesters to put together food for their backpack program for school children. (You do have to be a certain age to volunteer at Harvesters.)
- Offer hospitality to those who are lonely, or newcomers in the neighborhood or church.
- You can pray for those who do not know God that they will come to know Him.
- Visit a shut-in for whom you are praying.
- Invite someone to Mass or a youth group function.
- Come, and invite someone to come with you, to one of our Year of Mercy meals. Our next gathering is Saturday, May 14, at 6pm, at Twelve Apostles. We will have a cookout—hot dogs & ice cream sundaes provided! Feed your guests both physically and spiritually and help assemble Blessing Bags of food to be distributed to those who are hungry.
Luke 3:11: And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”