Teamwork and compassion '“ Rev Sally Davenport, team rector Holy Trinity Church, Fareham
WE love food! We're really fortunate to have lots of it, and such variety '“ yet we know that's not true for millions of people. It's good to give financially, butÂ
It's good to give financially, but Christian charity Feed the Hungry offers the chance to do more than that '“ and have fun at the same time.
Our church community decided to roll up our sleeves and assemble food packs to go straight into the hands and tummies of hungry children.
So on a Sunday in October around 30 adults and eight children gathered in the parish hall of Holy Trinity Church.
First we ate lunch together and heard a talk about Feed the Hungry's work. Then we put on aprons, gloves and hair nets, washed our hands, and went to our assembly lines.
We put carefully measured ingredients of rice, soya, lentils and micro-nutrients into bags, then weighed, heat-sealed and packed them into boxes.
These go to a warehouse in the UK before being shipped overseas to partners who distribute the food, where it is cooked in village schools and churches.
Church member Zeb, who raised funds for the event, said: '˜It was a really special afternoon with so many volunteers coming to help children who are less fortunate than our own purely through an accident of birth and geography. Thank you to everyone who helped pack the 5,000 meals in a spirit of kindness and fellowship.'
Feed the Hungry works through local partners in 24 countries '“ including the UK. A box of 216 meals will feed a family of six for a month. The charity is involved in disaster relief and sustainable farming, as well as providing clothing, toiletries and school equipment.
More than 180,000 children are being fed daily and their aim is to increase this to 300,000. To learn more and how to support them, see feedthehungry.org.uk.
Sharing food together is at the heart of all cultures and faiths. To see all people nourished in body, mind and soul is God's heart for all of us. Human ingenuity and teamwork, motivated by compassion for those in need, worked together to make a difference to 5,000 children in Zimbabwe.
That's really good news!