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Hunger in America: 1 in 7 rely on food banks

Nationwide, 25 percent of military families — 620,000 households — need help putting food on the table, according to a study by Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks.

“The results are alarming,” said Bob Aiken, chief executive officer of Feeding America. “It means that people in America have to make trade-offs. They have to pick between buying food for their children or paying for utilities, rent and medicine.”

One in seven Americans — 46 million people — rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families, the study found.

Ministry amid poverty remains tough issue for UMC

By Jay Brim, Special Contributor… Back in October, I had the pleasure of riding to a meeting at the UMC’s Southwest Texas Conference center with the Rev. Tina Carter, senior pastor at Parker Lane United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. Rev. Carter could call herself the Rev. Dr. Carter, since she has a hard-science Ph.D., […]

UMC-supported campaign seeks to bridge poverty gap

By Skyler E. Nimmons and Jessica Connor, UMNS… Delegates and visitors to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference had the opportunity to step away from their regular business and broaden their perspectives on the issue of poverty. From May 1 to 4, a poverty-immersion experience took place in a Tampa Convention Center ballroom. For two […]