Interfaith Gathering in Flint to Focus on Hunger

May 26, 2006

Source: The Flint Journal


On May 26, 2006 The Flint Journal reported, "The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan says fighting hunger is often a matter of faith. So at the food bank's prompting, representatives of several faiths will gather next month in Flint at First Presbyterian Church, 746 S. Saginaw St., for an interfaith service of prayer, song and dance. Recipients of food distributed by religious groups also will attend, to tell about the help they receive. 'We want to create more awareness of the part the community of faith plays in helping the hungry,' said Kara Ross, director of programs and agency relations at the food bank, 2312 Lapeer Road. The program will be part of National Hunger Awareness Day. Ross said the food bank is one of 26 food banks nationwide hosting an interfaith service on that day. The one-hour program, open to the public, will feature readings, presentations and speakers representing children, working poor families and senior citizens, Ross said. Baha'i, Christian, Hebrew and Muslim sacred writings will be included in the program. William Kerr, president of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, said more than 75 percent of food pantries served by the food Bank are operated by a faith-based organization. The food bank, in its 25th year, covers 22 counties stretching from Port Huron to Cheboygan."