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[*] Post 472336 posted on 29-4-2013 at 17:29 Reply With Quote
"Hunger Hurts"

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This woman says she is going hungry, and her child has almost nothing. She has been selling her possessions at sacrifice prices to get necessities.

I'm wondering, where are the Christians? On my street, the Methodist Church gives out a substantial amount of food every Saturday, including frozen meat or poultry, bread, fresh produce (such as lettuce or pears), eggs, canned goods, and even pastry items (cake is pretty common). The Lutherans also have a food pantry, which dispenses once a month. In the city, the poor district's mission gives out such a large amount of food in a monthly visit that a person can't carry it all in one trip. They also give out free clothing The Presbyterians have a once-a-month pantry. A Baptist church on the North End gives out food every week. A church-sponsored giveaway of charity food is on Western Avenue, where a preacher addresses the group for a while before the bags of food are given out.

When Ruby and I visit several of these places in a month, we get more than we can personally eat, and we pass it on to others we know, including people who don't have their own transportation, or who have several children in their families.

It is the Christians who are carrying the weight in all these centers for food distribution, paying for the buildings and electricity, and staffing the centers with volunteers. For these people, it is part of their Christian life of service.

Why wouldn't such church food distributions be common in the UK? Has the culture become too post-Christian? Do people expect the government to feed the poor?
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[*] Post 472337 posted on 29-4-2013 at 17:40 Reply With Quote

Never mind the Christians, where are the Socialists?
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[*] Post 472342 posted on 29-4-2013 at 19:23 Reply With Quote

The food banks here are not run by Christians, but by those who want to help others without requiring an "omnipotent" being to tell them what is right.

To be frank scholar, it is a scandal that you need such food in the first place as you and Ruby work full time. I'm astounded that you continue to say that the rich should be allowed to get richer. American irony.
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