Thursday, April 03, 2008

CSM Groups Serving at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Make a Difference!

Center for Student Missions is a valued contributor to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Since 2004 we have sent an average of 3 churches per week to sort food, salvage donations that otherwise wouldn't be used and put together shopping bags that keep an elderly person or a young mother eating healthy food for a week. That is hundreds of churches, thousands of volunteers.

Food shortages are affecting the hungry world-wide.

"The vast majority of the people who use the services of the food bank, they're working poor, both breadwinners husband and wife," said John Knapp, president of the Food Bank of Southern California.

The problem is acute in Los Angeles, where housing and transportation costs, both of which rose sharply over the past year, gobble up much of a low-income family's budget."

Serving with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank turns a $1 donation into $9 of food distributed. CSM is the only group that can send Junior High aged volunteers (under 14) to the food bank and this is because of our excellent record of service. I am happy we can send all our groups to help with such an effective ministry.

-Rachel Hamilton, CSM LA City Director

Read a recent article about the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank from the LA Times.

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