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Our Food Sharing Project Was a Success

(… and we have the photos to prove it!)

On Sunday, Nov. 24, UUCA members participated in the “Love Thy Neighbor” food sharing project. Here’s the great 2013 packing the boxes 3news:

6769 UUCA food drive colorEighty different UUCA families purchased more than a ton of food—2000 pounds! And the children who helped their parents shop for food were able to pack “their” box and see it taken to the delivery truck.

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Members donated $2,000 to buy hams and other extras.

UUCA’s organic food supplier donated local sweet potatoes.

The UUCA Bread Committee donated bakery items that would have gone unused.

_A446474RE classes wrote messages of thanksgiving to include in each box.

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6772 UUCA food drive colorLater that Sunday afternoon we delivered 110 food boxes to grateful families in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood waiting to receive them.  6788 UUCA food drive color

What joy in the power of community!   But what’s next? Promise the Children advocates know that this project is not an end; it must be a beginning. Next month, families will be hungry again.

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What more can we do?  Right now, it’s advocacy.  A Congressional Conference Committee meets soon to decide how much to cut SNAP benefits – food stamps – again this year. They need to hear from us.

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And we’ll look for long-term projects in which UUCA can participate that will reduce hunger at the local level.  That process begins on Dec. 5, when UUCA helps City Councilman Kwanza Hall host the first of several conversations aimed at identifying the gaps between good intentions and people who still lack adequate food in the Old Fourth Ward.

If food insecurity is an issue you care about, let Promise the Children hear from you at PromiseTheChildren@uuca.org and read more on this web site, promisethechildrenatuuca.wordpress.com.

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Volunteer on Saturday for Old Fourth Ward Kids!

Our friends at Big Bethel AME Church on Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta need our help in meeting the needs of at-risk children. Some of us are working in their Saturday outreach program, but we need more help.

We need reading classroom helpers each Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.

Volunteer reading, writing, math, and computer lab tutors are also needed each Saturday from 1:00 to 2:45 PM, to work in 50-minute sessions one-on-one or with small groups of students.

A particular need is for mentors for young boys.

Big Bethel’s Saturday program—which serves children from the first through the eighth grade—provides  a much needed service for some of Atlanta’s poorest kids, and a richly rewarding experience for tutors.

Recently, one of our tutors helped a first grader—who was a little shaky on _A444726-Editthe ones place and the tens place—to master basic addition and subtraction. It was a rewarding experience for all concerned.

If you’re interested. please contact Beth Davis (etdavis6@earthlink.net or 404 687-8641; email preferred), and let her know about any special interests and talents you have, your availability, and your preference in terms of subject and grade level.

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