The Stark County Hunger Task Force numbers show that one in four children in the county live at or below the poverty level. Including Grace UCC’s “Just In Time” food ministry, the task force distributed the food that was collected to area food pantries.
While the food ministry is a monthly project of Grace UCC in Canton, the congregation pulls it off with the help of neighbors and friends from other neighboring UCC churches in the county: New Vision UCC in Canton, Congregational UCC in North Canton, Trinity UCC in Canton and Grace UCC in Uniontown. Grace UCC pastor, the Rev. Jacquie McMillen, says that in October, “167 people received groceries to serve around 700 people. The need is great!”
The churches joint efforts to fight hunger don’t stop there, Congregational UCC hosted a cake decorating contest and auction, and Trinity UCC in Canton hosted a dinner, both to benefit the food ministry at Grace. Additionally, some of the Grace folks join with New Vision UCC to feed the hungry at a ‘Sunday Picnic’ each Sunday afternoon at a park in downtown Canton.
Shedlock says he has some great ideas on what can be accomplished if folks continue to work together. “There are 16 UCC churches in this county, with almost half already making a statement of cooperation and unity. This year, who knows!”
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