After Hunger Month

June 2013 was the most successful Hunger Month at Watermark yet! But we don’t want our impact on North Texas hunger to end there.

Below you’ll find ways you and your family can continue to be involved!

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP: THE ISSUE OF HUNGER

How can you and your children discuss hunger and help stop it? The Family Ministry team and External Focus team collaborated on a list of resources, including a cartoon and discussion guide, to help you disciple your kids around the issue of hunger. Click here for that exciting resource!

FOOD & FUN CLUBS CONTINUE!

During Hunger Month, dozens of Watermark adults and children helped serve food to hungry kids and built relationships through “Backyard Bible Club”-style fun! As CitySquare provided food for kids who usually depend on school breakfast and lunch programs, we were able to connect with those kids and their families.

And we’ll be revisiting sites throughout the summer! Contact Benson Hines (bhines@watermark.org) if you’re interested in participating in these sites.

A HUNGER MONTH EXPERIMENT

During Hunger Month, the Watermark staff participated in an experiment: How well could we “do lunch” with the amount of money people receive from government assistance? Led by the External Focus team, the experiment helped us better understand the plight of our North Texas neighbors – not only to get food, but to afford healthy options. Read a recap here.

STUFF THE TRUCK FOOD BANKS

“Stuff the Truck” may have only lasted for 3 Sundays, but our ministry partners are always excited to receive food donations.

Remember, some of the best food items to bring are beans, tuna, canned ham, soup, canned fruit, chili, stew, peanut butter, energy bars, pudding cups, fruit rolls, crackers, and granola bars (a recent list provided by the North Texas Food Bank). But you can also check with those ministries to see what they need most!

Why are these great food choices? Because of their nutritional value. A big part of the hunger issue in America involves not a LACK of food but a lack of HEALTHY options. Many hungry families desperate for something to eat can still buy junk snacks, instant noodles, or even fast food. But we want to build and encourage healthy lives, not just alleviate hunger pangs.

SORT & SERVE AT NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK

During Hunger Month, nearly 300 volunteers helped sort food donations at the North Texas Food Bank’s Distribution Center. But the fun doesn’t stop there: You, your family, or your community group can definitely jump in for a fun few hours at the NTFB in West Dallas.

The Distribution Center especially needs volunteers Tuesdays through Fridays, but they have some Saturday spots as well. Click here to learn more and sign up!

QUESTIONS?

Email Benson Hines at bhines@watermark.org with any questions!

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