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Helping Those Who Are Hungry

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"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." – Matthew 25:35-36

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Helping solve weekend hunger

A TV commercial about children in the U.S. going to bed hungry got Karen Jacobs thinking about the kids in her own Huntsville, Alabama, neighborhood.

According to state data, 3% of school-aged children receive free or reduced-price school breakfast and/or lunches. But what were those 3% eating over the weekend?

"Not everyone in my section of town is well off, especially with the job loss that continues because of the recession," says the retired business analyst and mother of three. "It is our calling, as Christians, to support and love our neighbors."

Jacobs is a long-time CARE Center volunteer with the Bags of Blessings program, which provides weekend meal packs to school children in economically challenged areas.

She wanted to help more children by expanding the program. Now, because of her efforts, 70 children in her part of town discreetly receive brown paper bags of groceries every Friday to get them through the weekend.

"The bag contains food children as young as first grade can open and eat themselves, without any help, in case mom and dad are working, such as pop-top cans of tuna and fruit, and bread," she says.

Read this entire article from the December 2015 issue of Thrivent magazine.

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