Hal Jones: Let's Connect to Address Food Insecurity Crisis


Does Your Congregation Have a Food Ministry?
Is Your Congregation Willing to Partner in Food Ministry?

North Georgia Conference Laity and Clergy,

While it is clear that the food insecurities suffered by many members of the communities we serve have been a severe and ongoing struggle for many, many years, we know this struggle, and this need, has been greatly magnified as a result of the COVID pandemic.  

Many of you and your churches are currently involved in various and very meaningful food ministries in your communities. Others of you may not be directly involved in these kinds of ministries but would be willing to support them by helping other NGUMC churches and congregations with their food ministries. If either of these is the case, please consider, and then email Roger Vest your answers to the following questions, along with the name of your church, the name of the community where your church serves, and the District your church is in:
  • If your church is currently involved in a food ministry with your community, are there specific ways other churches, other clergy, and laity could support you? Do you need food donations? Do you need more volunteers?
  • If your church is not currently involved in a food ministry, would you be willing to support a church who is? Would your church be willing to collect and then deliver food to a church who is involved in this kind of ministry? Would your church be willing to ask for volunteers to help another church with their food ministry?
Roger, Pastor of Powder Springs UMC in our Central West District, is also our Conference representative for the Persons in Poverty Advocacy area. Roger has volunteered to collect and collate the answers to these questions, and then to connect churches and congregations willing to help with churches and congregations who need help with their food ministries. Roger’s email address is: roger.vest@ngumc.net 

We may not be able to completely address all the needs identified; but if we work together, we know the Holy Spirit will work with us, too…and we might be able to address more of those needs than any of us realize.

“And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all…”

Thank you…

Hal Jones
Director of Connectional Ministries
The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church