Hunger Action Month
by Teresa Jackson on September 11th, 2020

If you have known me very long, you have likely heard me say that our food programs are the meat-and-potatoes of Sharing Life. That is because when a person is hungry or under-nourished, they cannot do anything else well. Think about it. When I am really hungry I become weak, my hands shake, my head hurts, and my stomach growls. I get irritable. All I can think about is eating! There is no way I could learn a new skill or be at my best at work. Now imagine that is your normal way of living. Every day, you eat the cheapest foods you can afford, ration the food available, and skip some meals altogether. By feeding people well, we at Sharing Life are preparing children to learn and grow strong brains and bodies. Having food in the pantry allows adults to be focused on work and family responsibilities, relieving the stress that keeps them from being fully present. No one should be hungry -- ever! September is Hunger Action Month. The entire nation is focused on the issue of food insecurity. Sharing Life is honored to serve our community with the following hunger alleviation programs:
  • Drive-thru food pantry - We offer 11 drive-thru options each week at our Mesquite and Balch Springs locations.
  • Delivery - During the pandemic, we have food delivery available via our partners Amazon, Uber, and Star Transit. We also have volunteers who assist with this important service.
  • Nourish2Flourish - A child hunger alleviation program that operates anytime students are not in school. Our partner is retired Dallas Cowboy Travis Fredrick.
  • Hub - We provide food to 75 community distribution partners and agencies who then distribute the food locally in their neighborhoods. We also support these partners in a myriad of ways.
  • Pet Food- It’s not always available, but we try to keep some on hand. We know that seniors will often feed their pet and go without eating if pet food is not available.
 Since March of this year, we have distributed more than 5 MILLION pounds of food. That is more than 4.3 MILLION meals! In all of 2019, we distributed 4.9 million pounds. That is a lot of food! Many among us are food insecure. What a privilege to be able to help those families fill their pantries! Thank you for being our financial partner in this fight against hunger. It is because of your generosity that Sharing Life has been ready to serve since the pandemic hit our community. If you would like to invest in alleviating hunger for some families in our community, please consider blessing Sharing Life with a gift on Giving Tuesday. It’s only a few days away, but donations are being accepted now. I promise your gift will make a difference! Go HERE to donate.

"And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40)  

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