line in the sand

Hunger Matters.

Editor’s note: This was written originally by a friend co-laboring down in Indianapolis, who first posted it to her personal blog. We are grateful she was willing to let us re-share these words with you.

From author: My name is Molly. I am an advocate. For the poor, for my children, and for a faith that is well-represented. Advocacy has taken on many different forms for me over the years. Currently I run a food pantry on the east side of Indianapolis that provides food to over 1,200 families each month. I used to think I was called to serve those living in poverty, but over the past few years I’ve learned that’s just one piece of it. I believe part of my calling is to equip and empower others to do the same.

It is early morning and the sun is just beginning to wake. That first drink of coffee warms my lips, warms my inside. I kiss my children goodbye, the two hour delay leaving them home, snuggled on the couch this bitter January day. I zip my coat, tighten my scarf and head for work. On the radio they talk about subzero temperatures and snow delays, make jokes about how it’s too cold to leave the house even for the kids to go sledding. But when I arrive at the Food Pantry, an hour and a half before we open, I find plenty of people that have already left the house. I find some waiting in their cars, others peering through the windows to see what’s inside. One comes out from around back, probably checking to see if we’ve set anything salvageable out for the trash.

We will serve two hundred families that day. Many will come in under dressed for the weather. Some will wait at the bus stop for a ride. Others will even walk. For many of our families, our waiting room will be the warmest place they sit all day. They will wait patiently with their children for their turn to shop. Wait patiently with their infants. There is an older man that catches my eye. He nearly falls coming up to the counter, tripping over his own feet. He talks to me about his arthritis as he holds up a shaky hand with a cane. Smiles warmly and says, ‘Thank You,’ as he moves slowly toward the shopping carts. I will lose count that day of the number of people that say, ‘Thank You.’

Each person that comes through the pantry line has a story that has brought them to this place of great need. Sometimes the need is so deep and so real that you can see it on them the moment they walk in. There is a heaviness they carry. A certain sadness that hovers over them as they speak. A quiet desperation in their eyes.

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“Happy Hour Specials” — Grand Rapids

Daily Specials for your convenience!

Daily Specials for your convenience!

One thing our team recently realized was that there was no concise, readable, site that showcased public Grand Rapids food specials from local restaurants. What we’ve done is start a list that will hopefully be useful for you, the diner, to scan specials by location & day. Want to add something? Email us / comment below. We’ll add it here ASAP.

“BOFO” = Buy One, Feed One. $1+ dish (pay more if you like), 100% donated to charity.

 

Monday!

Downtown
Big O’ Café – $6.99 Express Personal Pizzas: 11am-2pm
B.O.B. – 7.99 Lunch Pizza Buffet: 11:30am-2:00pm
CitySēn Lounge – (BOFO) $1 Dessert
Flanagan’s Irish Pub – http://flanagansgr.com/spcials/
Louis Benton – http://louisbenton.com/happy-hour/
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Life of a Sack Supper at Kids Food Basket

Video

Some people ask us about the food we donate to Kids Food Basket. The YouTube video is an awesome story about what happens what happens after you use FoodCircles to eat and select Kids Food Basket at your preferred charity.

Here’s the core problem: Over 33,000+ kids live in poverty in Kent County, and many are not able to play when they want to, or study when they want to because of an empty stomach.

Here’s the solution we came up with:  Use joinfoodcircles.org or the Android / iPhone app to get dinner plans. You can buy a local restaurant dish for just $1 or more, and 100% of your purchase will be used to provide these meals.  Every $1 you spend provides one mind-sustaining dinner for a child to take home after school:

  • a sandwich
  • a fruit
  • a serving of vegetables
  • a snack like granola
  • a dessert like a cookie
  • & a drink

 

We even challenged you to test the food the kids will receive. Check the reviews on it here, here, and HERE.

You might find that when you ask someone, “Do you feel you’re doing enough for others in life?” the answer is often, “No”.  Our app lets you integrate everyday behavior into behavior that makes a difference.