Hunger Action Ministry
In Arizona, 1 in 4 children, 1 in 5 adults, and 1 in 7 seniors are food insecure.
Our Vision: To be a change agent in our community.
Our Mission: By promoting and supporting organizations, in the local community, that strive to reduce and eliminate hunger, our mission involves:
- Awareness – Educate the Casa community on Hunger issues.
- Advocacy – Promote state/national legislation affecting food security.
- Action – Organize service projects in our community.
Hunger Action Ministry, meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Here’s a calendar of our meetings and events. Look for information about service and educational or advocacy events in the Casa Bulletin and on our webpage.
We educate using educational movies, such as A Place at the Table, The Faces of America’s Hungry and Hunger Hits Home, as well as speakers from such local organizations that work to combat hunger (like St Mary’s Food Bank and the Association of Arizona Food Banks) as vehicles for awareness around hunger issues. We participate in local or national advocacy.
Please note: the Hunger Action Ministry at the Casa is fondly referred to as “HAM.”
If you can’t feed a hundred hungry people, then feed just one. (Attributed to St. Teresa of Calcutta.)
Link: Who goes hungry in America (at Feeding America website)
Important information or upcoming opportunities:
Action or Service
Hunger Action Service Projects. Our fall opportunities for service flyer is now available. We will have monthly mornings of service at the Desert Mission Food Bank (one morning per month starting in October). And we will offer the opportunity for Casa community members to join with St. Mary’s Food Bank in providing the annual Thanksgiving Dinner food box distribution on Monday, November 19.
Also, register (see below) for the workshop and September 23 and help assemble the Casa Kindness Bags. To be put on our “join our service projects” invitation list send an inquiry email to hungeraction(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)thecasa.org .
September is Hunger Action Month
Sunday September 23, 2018 “Through our Hands” Casa Kindness Sunday.
September is HUNGER ACTION Month. National Hunger Action WEAR ORANGE DAY is Thursday, September 13, 2018.
Visit the the HAM tables in the hospitality area the last two weekends of August and the middle weekends of September. Learn about Hunger Action Month Activities. WEAR orange: donate for or purchase a HAM orange T-shirt or NEW reusable canvas tote. Sign-up to donate items for our Casa Kindness Bags.
Register to join the Kindness Sunday Through our Hands event on September 23 at 12:30 p.m. The speaker is Darlene Newsom from UMOM New Day Centers. For the complete flyer of Casa Kindness Sunday Through our Hands on September 23 with details as well as information about the Casa Kindness Bags, download workshop flyer.
Links to local or national organizations with Hunger Action Month references or activities:
- Flyer with Simple ways to ACT on Hunger and Feed America/Feed Ourselves [on second side]- support local restaurants that support hunger efforts.
- St Mary’s Food Bank (Phoenix) – see the support provided by local organizations in 2018.
- Pass the Plate/Feeding America the Feeding America® network’s nationwide awareness campaign designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. The campaign brings attention to the reality of hunger in the United States and promotes ways for individuals and organizations to get involved in the movement to help end hunger.
- Move for Hunger – Thirty Days of Action – daily calendar suggested activities
- Society of St. Andrew– Gleaning America’s fields
- Feed the Children- How Can We End Hunger?
Every Bit Helps!
Donation Bins in The Lobby
In the FRC Lobby, there are two donation bins: 1) on the right for food/toiletries; and 2) on the left for clothing and other items (for Andre House). Please note the signage for both bins. Vista del Camino, the local Community Action Agency and food bank/pantry for Scottsdale, is the recipient of the food bin donations (right bin). Items needed includes: non-perishable food, and also toilet paper and toiletry items, i.e., soap, shampoo, dental hygiene products, etc. The photo to the left – Eddie from Vista Del Camino picking up food from the Casa lobby donation bin – Summer 2018.
We continue to support Andre House as all items in the clothing bin (left bin) continues to be delivered to Andre House.
Both organizations have a “needs list” flyer available for pick-up in the plastic rack attached to the side of their respective bins.You can also download the flyers: Vista del Camino needs list; Andre House needs list.
As always, thank you for your generosity!
Recent Education/Awareness/Advocacy events:
Act on Hunger 2017
The Act on Hunger session included a presentation by David Martinez, from St Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Here is his power point. We also offered a general information sheet on Advocacy. And we provided simple every day ideas for how to “Act on Hunger.”
Hunger Action Month 2017 – THANK YOU
Thank you Casa Community! Through your generous contributions and “Through Our Hands,” together, we make a difference
- Thank you for wearing orange and buying orange to support hunger action.
- Thank you for continuing to care enough to “Act on Hunger” – together we sent 150 postcards to our Senators asking that they continue support the funding of hunger and nutrition programs in the federal budget.
On September 24, Casa Kindness Sunday, over 75 participants assembled 300 Casa Kindness Bags to distribute.
- Thank you for the many many (yes, over a thousand) granola bars, water bottles, juice boxes, (etc.), that you contributed to our Kindness Bags.
- A special thank you to Barnett Management for the 150 $10.00 food gift cards donated to our efforts.
- With gratitude for all our Hunger Action Ministry volunteers: the team whose time, energy, talent as well as generosity (lunches, bus tickets) contributed to the success of our Kindness Sunday activities. We are very grateful for the help of a few of our Casa families and their teens and pre-teens who helped with the delivery, transfer and display of all the kindness bag items on Sunday morning.
Over 200 kindness bags were delivered to Circle the City, a nationally recognized organization. Offering direction and compassion, Circle the City provides medical, physical and counseling services to the homeless throughout Maricopa County.
- Sister Adele O’Sullivan, founder and Chief Medical Officer, spoke to us about hunger, homelessness and poverty; and we learned that 80% of those served in the agency’s respite center never go back to the streets.
The remaining Kindness Bags are to be distributed by members of our Casa community. Want to make your own Kindness bag? – Try this.
Visit St Mary’s food bank and download the 30 ways in 30 days calendar for additional Hunger Action ideas.
For more information about our ministry, contact: hungeraction(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)thecasa.org