Feed America reports forty nine million Americans, or one out of seven people, are food insecure. Of this number, 12 million are children and 7 million are seniors. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Please remember to bring a food item to church or use the large white envelopes for your check donation.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 15th at 7:00pm in Blanchet hall. Meetings are open to any registered parishioner, however to speak you must be on the agenda. Some of the agenda items for the next meeting include the Tri-Parish Mission evaluation, Know, Love & Serve, Amendments to the Charter of Responsibility and the Annual Appeal. If you have questions or concerns please contact Pat Leamer 529-5850 or email@example.com.
At our last meeting “Feed the Hungry One Bag at a Time” will sponsor a special food drive during the months of March and April. We are exploring the possibility of a health fair in the fall. We will have a representative to the Community Council which will focus on Food Security in Walla Walla. Rice Bowl will begin on Ash Wednesday March 5th. Next meeting is at Assumption on February 18th at 7:00pm.
February is an excellent month to make a special emphasis to contribute to Guatemala Mission. Each parish has a way for you to give and currently there is a great need. Remember St. Patrick and St. Francis have a monthly commitment of $504 and the fund balance is running close. Thank you for your support.
The Farm Bill has passed in the House of Representatives and now goes to the Senate for a vote. “While we are disappointed that the final compromise continues to call disproportionately for sacrifices from hungry and poor people in this country and around the world, especially when large industrial agricultural operations continue to receive unnecessary subsidies, we are glad to see support will continue for domestic and international nutrition and development aid, rural development and conservation,” said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chair of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Please remember the food needs in Walla Walla when you shop and/or use the large white envelopes for donations.
Catholic Social Concerns Ministry Members are currently involved in the planning of a Health Fair and the Community Council project Food Security in Walla Walla. If you would like join in either effort please contact Pat Leamer 529-5850.
Current figures for November to December of food donated by the three parishes, was 14,916 lbs. Cash donations for the food banks from July to December was $4,626. Guatemala support from July to December was $5,723. Please continue to help. Thank you!
IMMIGRATION – Not only are immigrants losing their lives trying to reach the USA but also from North Africa to Lampedusa, a small island of the coast of Italy. “Who is responsible for the blood of these brothers and sisters of ours?” The Pope asked recently in his homily. “All of us respond: it wasn’t me. I have nothing to do with it. It was others, certainly not me.”
GUATEMALA – The Diocesan Guatemala Commission has met its budget for the fiscal year ending 06/30/2013. An increase of 5 percent is included in the 2013-2014 budget due to inflation in Guatemala and all parishes who support the mission area asked to consider this increase. Please be as generous as you can with this in mind as you consider future donations.
Cash donations for May $1,060 and June $834. Food items donated for June 1043 pounds including 207 pounds from the Tri-Parish Garden.
FOOD: In June, ABVM sent $310 to BMAC Food Bank. St. Vincent needs: Boxed dinners, such as Hamburger Helper, Rice-A-Roni, Stove Top Stuffing, Pasta Roni, also, Baked Beans & Top Ramen. SVDP would like to thank all those who donated food items, as well as cash.
This issue is far from being solved. The US Senate has passed a bill and the House is currently putting together their own. If this a burning issue to you as it is the Catholic Church please make your feelings known by visiting: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican, here, enter your zip code and follow the prompts to make your feelings known.
FOOD –Blue Mountain Action Council received a check for the amount of $1060 from St. Pat’s. They thank everyone for that donation and they were able to get products form Feeding/America/Second Harvest: 80 cases of canned peas, Green beans, Cream and Whole Corn- 1,120 pounds, 20 cases of Macaroni and Cheese-260 pounds, 10 cases of Canned Tuna-200 pounds. Thank you again!
FOOD: Thank you, to the three parishes! A total of $1060 was sent to the food bank to purchase necessary food items.
FOOD: There is a specific request from Saint Vincent DePaul for box dinners such as Hamburger Helper, Rice-A-Roni, also baked and refried beans. What it does not need presently are canned vegetables. Clear plastic holders have been donated to hold the cash for food donation envelopes. Please help yourself and be a generous as possible.
We plan to discuss changes to our normal August School Supply Project. There are 249 unaccompanied youth in the district. Many are just one step away from being or are homeless. Please come and give input at our next meeting on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 pm at Assumption Parish Hall.
FOOD: The month of April was the lowest number of pounds of food (915) donated since we begin keeping track. You should be aware that the Farm Bill which contains money for the food stamp program now referred to as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will most likely provide less money then in prior years and that means hungry people will depend more on St. Vincent De Paul, Food Pantry and Salvation Army distribution centers for food. Please use the cash envelopes from the back of church or bring a food item every week.