“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:11-13)
In the South Wisconsin District, there are congregation-operated food banks (see list of locations and hours) supported by donations from churches, individuals, and agencies like Feeding America. These food banks, often running on a shoestring budget and staffed by volunteers, make a significant difference in the community they serve by practicing hospitality.
Over 45 days in ten of our food banks the number of families receiving food assistance has increased from 225 to 500 a week and still growing. Because of the significant increase, many of our food banks reported difficulty providing food as donations of foodstuff were down, access to food bank support agencies were being limited to cover the Statewide increased demand, and grocery stores were having difficulty helping because of supply limits.
Through this cooperative effort we can purchase more for less, increase the number of families served, and provide hope for hundreds of families each week. But in this uncertain economic time, we need your help now, more than ever. The SWD Mercy Food Cooperative provides resources which immediately helps many during this challenging time. Your generous gift will help sustain this cooperative effort as we work together to “share with the Lord’s people who are in need.”
This mercy work is extremely necessary and our congregation-operated food banks are working hard to meet the demand. Please consider supporting the cooperative by giving on-line or by mailing your check to the South Wisconsin District Office at 8100 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53222 (memo Food Bank Support).
We are especially grateful to Brakebush Brothers Chicken for their 7,500-pound chicken donation, Rev. Dennis Harmon of Hope and Mission of Christ Lutheran Churches in Milwaukee, Rev. Brett Matz of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, and Caroline Horn of LUMIN for their financial, food stuff, and volunteer support these past five weeks.