Opening Words from Sun. September 16 by Gayle Rose

We are privileged.
Though it may be a bit presumptuous, I’m guessing most of us don’t struggle with having enough to eat …
whenever we want food
whenever we’re hungry.

This isn’t true for 126, 000 kids and teens in our region who face food insecurity. Not having enough to eat is a part of their daily life.

But there’s good news:
WE AT ETHICAL SOCIETY ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE for them!
In the last year, we’ve collected and donated nearly 800 lbs of food to Operation Food Search to fight local food insecurity.

That’s the weight of an average bison! (True..I looked it up!)

That’s valued at $1,326 and in one day could feed nearly 200 people.
For this generosity I thank you.

Operation Food Search helps many people:
3 years ago there were 173,000 food insecure kids and teens. Now? 126,000 That’s nearly 50,000 fewer struggling. That’s the difference we are making.

You might think OFS is just about food collections but they do so much more! They help in three major ways:

  1. Offer nutrition programs
  2. Partner with transitional/homeless housing non-profits
  3. Align with area pediatric hospitals and clinics, OB/GYN practices and clinics, educational
    systems and facilitators

HOW DO WE KEEP HELPING AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE?
SIMPLE:
You bring non- perishable food to share and fill the blue barrel and I’ll deliver it to OFS. To help encourage everyone to give regularly, we’ll remind you at the beginning of each month when we enjoy our First Sunday Lunch. Come to the Sunday lunch, bring a food item for the barrel.

A CHALLENGE to you all:
In the coming year, let’s double our giving. Instead of one 800 pound bison of food, let’s give two. I believe we as a community can collect 1,600 pounds of food to help hungry kids and teens.

Who’s with me?

You’ll continue to find the blue barrel down stairs by the elevator.

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.