Thursday, December 8, 2011

An artful solution to hunger

Many churches stock food pantries with donated goods from parishioners to help meet community needs, especially during the holidays. Sustaining a food bank long-term can be a challenge, but First Baptist Church in Oklahoma City has found an inventive and amusing way to motivate its congregation to keep its shelves full: a canned food sculpture contest.

Cathy Manuel, First Baptist’s director of community ministry, said the church’s Good Shepherd Ministries, which reaches out to the urban population surrounding the downtown church, serves 500 families a month with its food bank, and during the holidays it distributes 200 baskets containing traditional meal supplies.
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