What is REAL hunger? We’ve all had the experience of being hungry… but usually this only means skipping a meal or going without food for several hours.
But imagine going for days without anything to eat. Imagine having nothing to feed your suffering children, who cry out in pain from hunger.
Hungry Haitians wait in line for food at a feeding center.
Food For The Poor invites you to participate in our “first Friday fast” program — an initiative in which a small monthly donation can make a tremendous difference. By dedicating one day each month to a small change in daily routine, and by sharing what you have with others, you can sustain the lives of those who have nowhere else to turn.
Participants in this program choose one day every month (often a “first Friday”) as a day to break from the usual routine and focus on the issue of global hunger. By limiting meals that day and directing thoughts toward those living in poverty-stricken nations, participants grow in awareness of our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
The money that would have been spent on food is then donated to Food For The Poor to help feed hungry families. Your act of self-sacrifice will benefit those who go without food regularly.
You already know the importance of feeding malnourished families. And through previous acts of compassion and generosity, you’ve helped provide lifesaving relief to those in need. Food For The Poor invites you to take up the challenge once again by fasting one day a month and donating the proceeds to help others.
How much should you give? That’s up to you. A gift of only $12 will feed an entire family for a month. Larger gifts will help even more.
Skip the coffee, a sandwich, or the dessert for a day, and help a hungry family feed their children. Your gift will provide lifesaving nutrition — and hope — to those in great need.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with first fruits of all your produce;
then will your barns be filled with grain,
with new wine your vats will overflow”
The Old Testament records the many rules and regulations around celebrating the observances and festivals of the Israelites. The books of Leviticus, Nehemiah and Deuteronomy reference harvest times and the giving of “first fruits” to the Lord. The first fruits were usually the best of the crops, which were better cared for, watched over, and harvested more carefully. This offering to God of the first fruits of the field and vine was to honor God by giving back to Him the very best they had.
In the life of a disciple, giving to God – in all ways – is to offer your best. This month as you fast and meditate, ask yourself… What is your first fruit, your best?
What do you have to offer this month that is the very best you can give to your family, your local community, your congregation, or to those in need?
“To live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”
— Johannes A. Gaertner