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FIGHTING HUNGER

SoVaNow.com / August 25, 2014
For most of the past year there has been a small group of food distribution agencies in Halifax county that have been meeting in order to address the food insecurity issues of the county. The group’s mission is simply “Giving Hope to the Hungry”. With unemployment and rising food prices being what they are, it leaves many in the county challenged to make ends meet, especially seniors and unemployed/underemployed families.

This is one of the main reasons that a group like this is so vital to the welfare of struggling individuals and families. The following agencies are involved in the coalition: Serving Hope of Cluster Springs, Main Street United Methodist Church of South Boston, Good Samaritan of Republican Grove, and White Oak Fork Baptist Church of Virgilina. These food distribution agencies are part of the Feedmore food bank ministry located in Richmond, Virginia. A representative from the Dan River Baptist Association has also been a very active and supportive part of the coalition and serves as a liaison for the various entities. The group has been discussing potential ways to serve those who suffer from food insecurity in the county.

Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” It does not mean that every individual and family is always and immediately in danger of having no food but, their resources are so strained that at various times throughout the year they will not have adequate means for obtaining food.

The coalition is going public at this time because the needs of the county are continually growing and it is important that others in the county become aware and involved in helping those in need. The Dan River Baptist Association is participating in Operation Inasmuch, which is committed to mobilizing Christ followers to be actively involved in doing works of kindness and charity in the community.

Operation Inasmuch will be occurring in Halifax County from Sept. 7-13. Since this is such a noble and worthy cause, the Halifax County Food Pantry Coalition would like to partner with them in this great endeavor. There will be opportunities for the community to get involved in support of this effort. As with everything, resources and supplies are always needed. It would be wonderful if the community would help the member agencies of the coalition by donating food items on Saturday Sept. 13 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. in the parking lot of the South Boston Volunteer Fire Company Support Center located beside the Neal Agency on Wilborn Avenue in South Boston.

Representatives will be on hand throughout the day to take your donations and answer any questions you may have about the food pantry coalition. There are specific foods that are always needed and in high demand, such as, peanut butter, tuna, rice, spaghetti pasta, and dried beans.

These items are usually very helpful in enabling struggling families to get the maximum amount of benefit from their resources.

Please join in this effort to help stamp out food insecurity in our county. If you have any questions you may contact Glenn Faulkner (434) 222-9404 or Bonita Nelson (434) 222-7366 .Thank you very much for your prayers and generous support.

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