Who says today's young people are selfish?

Kids from Woodcrest Christian School helping prepare Holiday Food Boxes

These kids from Woodcrest Christian School in Riverside came to our Distribution Center to pack Holiday Family Food Boxes.

They went to work—and finished 750 boxes in less than 2 hours!

Each box is filled with 10 pounds of potatoes, sweet potatoes, oranges, apples, carrots, onions and perishables—along with a special bag of Christmas candy.

 

Volunteers delivering Family Food Boxes

 

Our volunteers will deliver them to seniors, shut-ins and low-income families in the Riverside/San Bernardino area.

And that’s how you share the love of God—in a practical way!

Thank you to those wonderful young folks—and to all those whose financial donations enable us to do this year after year!

 

You can help too! Get in touch with us to find out how.

And of course, your donations are always welcome.

 

Woman looking in refrigerator

What it means to be “food insecure”

Have you ever looked in your refrigerator and said, Aw, there’s nothing to eat?

Most of us have.

Of course, there’s really food there. It’s just not ready to serve. Or it’s not what we were craving at that moment.

 

Girl looking into empty refrigeratorBut some people look in their refrigerators—and there literally is nothing to eat.

They’re not starving to death. They may have eaten yesterday. Or the day before. But today they’ll have to try to find food somewhere. And they can’t be sure about tomorrow.

That’s called food insecurity—the lack of adequate nourishment on either a constant or occasional basis.

There are 5.2 million people suffering from food insecurity right here in California—the land of sunshine and prosperity. The state that produces almost half of the fruits and vegetables for the entire country.

2.3 million of them are children.

What does that mean for the people who live with this condition every day?

It means they often go to bed hungry. Skipping meals becomes a normal part of life. And finding food just for the day is a constant preoccupation.

But the long-term impact of food insecurity is even worse. It lowers energy and makes it hard to work or do anything productive. It makes people susceptible to disease. Children stop attending school. When they do attend, they can’t concentrate—so they fail.

Perhaps worst of all, food insecurity makes people feel ashamed, devalued, and hopeless.

It’s hard to hear about these things without saying, Someone needs to do something!

Feeding the hungry in Jesus' nameWell, at the City Mission, we’re doing something.

We’re feeding the hungry in three ways:

  1. We deliver Family Food Boxes to seniors, shut-ins, and poor families.
  2. We offer visitors Bags of Hope, filled with food to supplement their groceries at home.
  3. We host regular sit-down meals for the homeless and poor.

 

We're sharing the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. But we're also demonstrating it by helping people with their immediate needs. 

Would you like to join us in this work? You can.

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