Feasting and Hunger
by Alys Drake
This week will be a week of celebration. Holy Week for Christian families and Passover for Jewish families.
At my home, we will celebrate Easter this Sunday with a lot of food. Ham, beans, barbecue ribs, slaw, potato salads, regular salads, rich desserts, and wine will all grace our overflowing table.
We do not know hunger in this house. And it’s a safe bet that if you are reading this post, you don’t know hunger either. However, in the Mid-South, nearly 23% of children are food insecure. Seniors are the fastest growing food insecure group; 19,000 seniors are currently served by various agencies in the Memphis area and The Mid-South Food Bank anticipates that number to grow to over 30,000 in the next few years.
My husband and I are reading the Bible in chronological order with our Sunday school class at Christ United Methodist Church. Just this past week we were in Deuteronomy. These particular passages are frankly a little tedious to read. Moses is preparing the Israelites for their new lives in the Promised Land by reminding them of God’s commands and it gets a little repetitive.
But one passage stood out to me. It was Deuteronomy 24:19-21. In this passage, the Israelites are commanded not to harvest everything in their fields. They are to leave a few sheaves, olives, and grapes behind for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow. These are the people who lived in poverty. Today, we have no such safety net for the poor.
On March 29, the #MemFood13 Good Friday Food Drive will take place. You can help provide a safety net those in need by taking your nonperishable food donations to Easy Way, 814 Mt. Moriah, First State Bank at 5384 Poplar Ave; Ste 200 (Inside the Hobson Building across from Mercedes Benz of Memphis) and 3607 South Houston Levee Road in Collierville.
An even easier way to help is to make an online donation. Every dollar donated buys three meals for Mid-South families.
Happy Easter and Chag Pesach Sameach!