In a state where nearly one in every four children struggles with getting enough to eat, Hunger Free Colorado connects local food pantries with resources that help their clients move from food insecurity toward true sustainability. Through their state-wide food resource hotline, collaboration with county service departments, and grassroots advocacy, Hunger Free Colorado is the state’s leading anti-hunger organization. Many church food pantries have greatly increased their outreach through the more than 1,200 nutrition resources available from the Hunger Free database. Just as important is their work to assure that federal and state food assistance programs continue to receive adequate funding, a great challenge in an era of resistance to government programs.
As a part of this year's conference theme of Living into Beloved Community and the specific focus on Food and Water Security, our annual Bridge of Love offering sponsored by the Conference Board of Global Ministries at Annual Conference will focus on supporting effort to alleviate World Hunger and Poverty with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). To learn more about these efforts, click here!
The Bridge of Love offerings will be taken first thing Saturday morning, June 17, as Annual Conference attendees enter the plenary session room. Watch for the people with the buckets! You are also invited to go forth and start collecting for the Bridge of Love offering at your churches as early as you would like!
Crossroads Urban Center was organized in 1966 with support from United Methodist Women. In fact, their downtown Salt Lake City headquarters building, built in 1903, was originally a residence for Deaconesses serving local Methodist Episcopal churches and their surrounding communities. In addition to operating one of Utah’s busiest food pantries, Crossroads also advocates for public policies that help lift Utahns out of poverty. Through programs such as the Anti-Hunger Action Coalition, Crossroads organizes food pantry clients and volunteers to guide them through the process of qualifying for food assistance benefits, preserving Medicaid benefits, and fighting for public transportation in low-income neighborhoods. Crossroads Urban Center is truly following Jesus’ call to feed, clothe and welcome the stranger.