Opening Words from Sun. May 19 by Gayle Wilson Rose

They say it’s not good to make generalizations about people but this morning I’m going to make an exception…

Most of us…

Most of us get plenty to eat every day.

Most of us don’t know what it’s like to have to decide between paying a utility bill and having food on the table.

Most of us don’t know what it feels like to try to fall asleep with an empty growling stomach and nothing to fill it.

Most of us…

are pretty privileged.

Last September when I spoke to you all about giving food to our blue food donation barrel that lives in the hallway downstairs, we set an ambitious goal for the year ahead of collecting 1,600 pounds of food.

That goal was based on our giving 800 pounds in the year prior.

I spoke to you about the 126,000 kids and teens in our region who face food insecurity.

And how not having enough to eat is a part of their daily life.

Well, I’ve got GREAT news to report!

Since September we’ve already collected …

(DRUM ROLL)

1,600 pounds of food.

We met our goal already!

You’re such over-achievers!

So today, let’s set an even loftier new goal together…

I believe that together we can collect 2000 pounds of food by September

That’s enough food to feed 500 people for a full day!

I know with our determination and generosity, we can do it!

We’ve got the next 4 months to prove it.

That’s 100 lbs. a month. Just 25 lbs. a week.

Here’s why it’s more important than ever:

We are going into a particularly needy time of year when schools are no longer the backdrop for kids. Operation Food Search calls the summer the hungriest time of the year.  Families spend on average $300 per month per child during the summer, which is an extraordinary cost for families who already can’t afford to put enough healthy food on the table.

The critical summer months bring in only about 17% of the usual food drive donations. Summer activities, vacations, and summer freedom from traditional routines push food drives to the back of people’s minds.

So please keep donating. Keep bringing nonperishable food for our blue barrel downstairs. You can also donate gift cards or cash if you prefer.

I’ll also challenge all group leaders to encourage their group members to bring a food item each time they have an on-site meeting here and we’ll all keep giving when we have our first Sunday lunches too.

2000 pounds by September!

(Drum roll)

Who’s with me?

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

NOTE: The ideas and opinions in this post do not necessarily express the thoughts or opinions of the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.