Ecumenical food project reaches 34 families
Bags with picnic food items were distributed to 34 families in the Tamaqua area thanks to the efforts of seven local congregations.
The July 4thfood project began several years ago when Melody Gensure and Ann Marie Hadesty asked Tamaqua churches to supply various picnic items for families in need on the July 4thholiday.
The project was continued this year by members of the Zion Lutheran outreach team. All Tamaqua churches were invited to participate.
Each bag contained hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, baked beans, condiments, pickles, drink mixes, freezer pops, pretzels or chips and mac and cheese kits. Churches participating in the project included Bethany ECC, Primitive Methodist, St. John’s UCC, St. John XXIII, St. John’s Lutheran, Trinity UCC and Zion Lutheran. The bags were distributed a few days prior to the mid-week holiday.
Caption: Members of the Zion Lutheran outreach team with some of the items going into the holiday food bags. From left: Pastor Cindy White, Colton Becker, Mary Ruth Taylor and Judy Brennan.
Helping curb hunger
Tamaqua Hunger Walk organizer Paul Dodson, far right, presents a check to Pastor Rick Clemson of The Primitive Methodist Church in Tamaqua. Checks were also presented to Major Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Rich Hadesty representing the food bank at Trinity United Church of Christ. This year’s Hunger Walk and related activities raised a record $6,928 which was divided evenly among the three Tamaqua food banks serving over 300 families. Also a record amount of food, 126 boxes, was given to the food banks. Any organization that would like to help with the 2019 Tamaqua Hunger Walk can contact Dodson at 570-668-0289. The Hunger Walk is a project of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network, a 501 (3) (c) organization under the umbrella of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.
About 90 people from numerous Tamaqua congregations share breakfast and then participated in a time of prayer marking the National Day of Prayer. The event was sponsored by the Tamaqua Ministerial Association and hosted by Trinity UCC. The prayer service took place in Trinity’s parking lot overlooking the center of Tamaqua. The Rev, Kevin Roberts of Bethany ECC opened the prayer time. Assisting Rev. Roberts were fellow pastors Rev. Phyllis Wolford (St. John’s Lutheran), Rick Clemson (Primitive Methodist), Steve Gintz (Baptist missionary), Rev. Kevin Duffy-Guy (St. John UCC), Rev.Ed Noftz (New Life Assembly of God); and Rev. Cindy White (Zion Lutheran). Prayers were offered for government, the military, the media, business, education, churches and the family. The National Day of Prayer (the first Thursday of May) was established by an act of Congress and signed into law in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman and amended by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network
Community building through faith, cooperation and understanding
January 8, 2018
We are inviting your organization to become a partner in an extremely important community project this spring. As you may know, many people in the Tamaqua Area do not have an income that allows them to purchase adequate food to feed their families. The TAMAQUA AREA FAITH FELLOWSHIP NETWORK and TAMAQUA AREA COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP are collecting food and raising money for the Primitive Methodist Church, the Salvation Army, and the Trinity United Church of Christ food banks in Tamaqua.
We are asking businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals in the Tamaqua Area to consider conducting projects this winter and in the early spring to collect food and/or raise money for Hunger Weekend which will take place on May 4,5, and 6. A Hunger Walk concludes the weekend on May 6. The rain date for the walk is May 20th.
Some suggestions as to what you can do are:
• Ask people to contribute $1.00 for a Hunger Weekend donation card. We will supply the cards if you wish.
• Hold a dress down day and collect food or money for that day.
• Hold a bake sale or dance or movie night
• Ask church attendees to contribute $1.00 each month.
• Collect food or money at your organization’s monthly meeting
• Organize a team to participate in the Hunger Walk
These are just a few of the things that can be done to help Tamaqua food banks meet the needs of the people in our area. If you have other ideas, please share them with us.
We are planning a recognition event that will be held immediately after the Hunger Walk at the Tamaqua Art Center where people and organizations can present the money collected and be recognized for their efforts.
It is important for you to know that 100% of the food and money collected will be given to three Tamaqua food banks. All the work is done by volunteers and the cost of materials is donated by TAFFN and TACP.
If you have suggestions or questions, please contact Paul Dodson at 570-668-0289 or e-mail him at email@example.com
Thanks for what you will do.
Members of TAFFN and TACP