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Posts by Janet Mulshine

MPC Kicks off Fall Food Drive

We started a food drive that now has two options for donating – you might call them the analog and the digital – and anyone can participate! ** Analog – Bring canned goods to a barrel in our Family Room.  These items go directly to the Fruitvale Pantry (aka Community Outreach Pantry for Emergencies/COPE) for distribution to clients twice a month. **…

What Makes Food “Beautiful?”

Two things happened last week, coincidentally creating that happy intersection which sparks your mind out of a a lazy lull. I read the lead article in the March 2016 issue of National Geographic, “Too Good to Waste – How “ugly” food can help feed the planet.” I was also invited, as a co-chair of HAWG, to meet the people at Oakland First…

Helpers Appreciated

Recruiting – Two weeks ago we had a committee fair after Sunday Celebration. We handed out flyers, received several inquiries as to our activities, and got a few sign-ups of people who would like to help out occasionally. We welcome these volunteers because we have lots of things where just a few helpers once in a while makes all the difference.  Right now…

“We’re still under the illusion…."

“We’re still under the illusion that there is a social net, but it is so tattered.” ~ Carol Johnson, Executive Director, St Mary’s Center, Oakland Happy Old and New Year – As the joyful holiday season recedes, we look forward to a new year, hoping as always that it will bring change for the better. Hunger Action Work Group closed out the…

Fall is Here

Fall is here: And with a little rain and cooler nights, people living on very little often look forward to a hot meal provided in a welcoming setting. On October 17 and November 21, MPC Youth, their advisers, family members and other HAWG and MPC members, worked together to serve dinners at College Avenue Presbyterian Church. This makes four Friday nights this…

Fall for Food

Presbyterian Hunger Program: The national church reminds us that next week (Oct 12 through 19) is Food Week of Action, including: World Food Day (October 16) International Day for Rural Women (October 15) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17). “RESILIENCY is the focus for this year’s Food Week of Action: Resilient livelihoods, communities and relationships Resilient farming production and food…

Who Won?

If you’ve been to MPC recently, you’d have seen the table in the Family Room, covered with slowly-disappearing jars labelled with country names.  What did it mean?  We had a food drive to capitalize on the excitement generated by the FIFA World Cup soccer games, and it has finally come to an end.  Let’s review what we accomplished. The food barrel was filled…

All About Food Banks

“In the late 1960s in Phoenix, John van Hengel heard a woman say that she relied on grocery store dumpsters to find food for her children. She gave him an idea: create a place where food could be deposited and withdrawn, as at a bank. ‘It upset him to see usable food go to waste,’ says Ross Fraser of Feeding America, the…