Food lines so long that they wrap around entire blocks. Some people get up as early as 3 AM to start standing so food doesn’t run out by the time they get to the head of the line. Today, 22% to 38% of American households are food insecure. According to the Hamilton Project, 14 million children went hungry just in the one-month period of June 2020. Faith-based ministries are jumping in to help the best they can. Senator Tim Scott R-SC, spoke on the television show “The View” about his outreach, specifically in regard to testing. People might be more apt to walk to their church, he said, than to get in a car to drive to a hospital or testing site. Faith-based communities are more like family, added The Very Reverend Richard E. Simpson, Rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “Families are already anxious, worried and distressed. They might have lost their jobs and their homes. They want to go where they’ll feel safe, and not just be an anonymous number. He continued: I learned this at a very early age. I was only 18 when my father died, and my parish family became as important to me as my biological one. They surrounded us with love, food and made sure we were okay.”
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Reverend Richard E. Simpson said, “I keep thinking of John 6 where large crowds gathered to hear Jesus. While many apostles became discouraged and wanted to go home, one little boy had a tiny lunch of 2 small fishes and 5 loaves of bread. He gave it to Jesus and it fed 5,000 people. Even the tiniest act of kindness, generosity and love plant the seeds of hope.”
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