Many churches operate food ministries to help the needy in their local communities. These ministries are a practical way of demonstrating Christian love and service. Importantly, they can also help church-goers build relationships with some of the more marginalised people in their communities.
But they also require a lot of resources to keep operating, including volunteers! Because of this, many churches struggle to maintain food ministries in the long-term.
I visited Wagga Wagga in the New South Wales Riverina in early 2015 to see how the Bread and Hamper ministry at the Wagga Wagga Uniting Church operated and to talk to some volunteers involved in the ministry. You can read my article here.
- This article was originally published in the April/May 2015 edition of Insights, the Uniting Church's magazine