Nov. 10-16 is Guest Blogger Week at ngumc.org. The Conference has invited leaders of Action Ministries (and in this case a partner of Action Ministries) to write about hunger issues. They'll be posting all week and you are invited to share the messages with your own church and community. Follow along on social media by using #ngumcHungerAction.
By Meredith Hodges
One morning last June, Gas South employees stopped what they were doing, got up from their desks, and started making lunches. Lots of lunches – more than 1,000 in all.
In a few hours, tidy rows of sack lunches, filled with sandwiches, fruit and healthy snacks, covered the tables in our employee break room. The meals would soon be headed for needy school-age children across Atlanta, as part of Action Ministries’ Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program.
Gas South is proud to take part in this important program. Why do we do it? The answer is simple: We believe it’s our duty to do what we can to assist our neighbors in need and help organizations like Action Ministries make a difference in our local communities.
And boy, does Action Ministries make a difference. Every day, more than 400,000 schoolchildren in metro Atlanta qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch. When school is out for the summer, many of these kids are at risk of going hungry. Smart Lunch, Smart Kid, addresses this urgent need.
At Gas South, we feel so strongly about the importance of giving back to the communities we serve that we created a program to house our philanthropic programs. We call it Gas South Cares. And Smart Lunch, Smart Kid is a key part of this program
The amazing folks at Action Ministries are connecting children with healthy meals as well as educational enrichment opportunities. We’re honored to be a part of such a worthy cause, and we’re looking forward to packing even more lunches next year.
Meredith Hodges is VP of HR and External Affairs for Gas South.
Action Ministries is a related agency of the North Georgia Conference and our local mission "Bridge." The Conference-wide Action Ministries Offering is Dec 7 (or any time that works for your church). Find promotional material at http://actionministries.net/calling-all-life-changers-action-ministries-sunday-is-dec-7. To give, write a check made out to your church and marked "Action Ministries" and place it in the offering plate of any North Georgia United Methodist Church. Text FOODBOX to 41444 to sponsor a food box for a needy family.