A Peoria, Illinois church launched a series of forums this fall that encourages their congregation to pause and understand the needs around them and how they can take action to honor God. Richwoods Christian Church started its Community Impact Series by learning about food insecurity, food deserts, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program, meals on wheels, and the needs of people in central Illinois.
Monica Scheuer, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank Peoria, was invited to participate in this series along with other government agencies and non-profits. The panelists shared how they work together, how COVID-19 has changed and challenged their organizations, and how volunteers can get involved.
In the hour-long session, participants heard how food insecurity (the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle) impacts health, education, and employment. They also learned more about food deserts (a geographical area with little to no access to healthy, affordable food) and the difficulties people have when they live in those areas. All the panelists confirmed the increased need for food specifically due to COVID-19. Those increased needs coupled with the challenges of providing services with a decrease in volunteers allowed the Richwoods Christian Church congregation to learn how they can put their faith into action.
While 2020 has been a year unlike any other, Midwest Food Bank is encouraged by Richwoods Christian Church and their desire to act, serve, and grow in their faith. Please prayerfully consider how that may look for your family by donating financially (here) or volunteering your time and talents (here). God uses every skill and ability.
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