ELCA Disaster Response - April 2017 Outreach
During the month of April, our outreach fund will be the ELCA's disaster relief organization, Lutheran Disaster Response, based in Virginia. Lutheran Disaster Response strives to help the church continue to be church in the midst of disaster — following Christ’s call to bring hope and healing to our neighbors in need. Some key areas of work include:
Where Lutheran Disaster Response is working in 2017:
- Providing emotional and spiritual care for people who have been affected by a disaster and for leaders who respond to a disaster
- Coordinating volunteers through our local affiliates
- Assisting refugees in a holistic way by meeting the varied needs of the community
- Promoting disaster risk-reduction by helping communities build their assets thereby reducing the effects of likely disasters
- Providing long-term recovery efforts by addressing the unmet needs months or even years after a disaster strikes
Where Lutheran Disaster Response is working in 2017:
WLLC Quilters - March 2017 Outreach
In the month of March, your outreach gifts will go to support the work of our own "in house" outreach ministry, The WLLC Quilters! There are a few different kinds of quilted projects that this group creates together to donate to people in need. "Quilts of Comfort" go to Legacy Emanuel Chaplains to distribute, and fleece blankets go to two different Children's Centers, and The Father's Heart and House of Zion. A new project, "no-no's," are sent to Guatemala for mothers of new babies who have had surgeries and these quilted cuffs help to keep the child's hands out of his or her mouth while recovering from surgery. Donate money, new quilting fabric, or new fleece fabric. To give to our quilting ministry, please go to our online giving page.
HOPE Food Pantry - February 2017 Outreach
This month, outreach will be focused on "HOPE Food Pantry" ministry of Oregon City. This church-based network of food pantries seeks simply to "Help Other People Eat". Many of the members of WLLC serve regularly at the First Baptist Pantry on Fridays from 1pm to 4pm, and you are welcome to join them to see how this ministry serves the neediest families and individuals in our county. Your gift is well used by the pantries to purchase food at a low rate at the Oregon Food Bank, so know that your dollars are very well invested! To give now to this important ministry, please go to our online giving page.
The Father's Heart - January 2017 Outreach
This month, outreach will be focused on The Father’s Heart Street Ministry, in Oregon City. TFH is a local, faith-based organization in Oregon City that helps anyone in need. Their target group is the ever-growing homeless population, which includes families living in vehicles, seniors, veterans, single mothers, single fathers and single individuals. Donate money or items such as coats and socks to this ministry to help the homeless in our community. For more information, please go to their website: http://www.tfhstreetministry.com/
Pastors' Discretionary Fund/Community Assistance - December 2016 Outreach
The church maintains a fund that has been known as "Pastors' Discretionary Fund" but is used for many different kinds of community assistance. When someone calls the office or enters our door looking for help with rent, utilities, food, transportation, or other personal needs, we access this money to assist. Over the past year we have contributed to keeping people in their homes, seeing that they have heat and water, and helped them get to jobs. Your contribution to this fund meets many needs for members and visitors to the church.
In the News
Congress Has a Month to Reauthorize Free Lunch for a Record Number of Children
The number of children eligible for free school lunch continues to grow after the recession ended more than six years ago. Creating the increase: a high poverty rate and increased efforts to make sure eligible children are receiving the meals, according to Crystal FitzSimons, school program director at FRAC. "Even as the economy recovers, it isn't trickling down" to poor families, said FitzSimons. "You have increased need among low-income households." The Child Nutrition Act is set to expire on September 30.
Check out this article from FRAC's Weekly News Digest -http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-01/congress-has-a-month-to-reauthorize-free-lunch-for-a-record-number-of-children ]
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Encourages Congress to Reauthorize Strong Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act during Remarks at Center for American Progress
"Bottom line is that the [new school nutrition] standards are being embraced," said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in his keynote remarks at the Center for American Progress. The standards are being "embraced by parents of school-aged children, 72 percent of parents in a recent survey suggested support for the new standards," he noted. A majority of elementary and high school students are also embracing the new standards. Vilsack urged Congress to act quickly to expand, solidify, and strengthen the child nutrition act.
Check out this article from FRAC's Weekly News Digest - http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/09/0243.xml&contentidonly=true ]
Healthy School Meals
Oklahoma school districts look for ways to make lunches healthy, enjoyable
K. Kellogg Foundation found that nine out of ten people surveyed said they supported the revised school meal nutrition standards, which were required under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. In addition, 86 percent said that these new standards should be continued as they are or strengthened, while nearly 70 percent of respondents rated school meals as excellent or good. In 2010, before the new standards were implemented, 26 percent said school meals were excellent or good.
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Schools use creative measures to serve breakfast to more students
More than half of the students in the Baltimore area who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals don't participate in school breakfast, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. "Some kids who need breakfast the most avoid it because of the stigma of being 'the needy kid,'" said David Sloan, director of No Kid Hungry Maryland. The organization has provided more than 220 schools with grants over the past five years to fund alternative methods of serving breakfast, including breakfast in the classroom. According to Kathleen Watkins, principal at Perry Hall High School, offering breakfast from "grab-and-go" carts doubled the number of low-income students participating.
Check out this article from FRAC's Weekly News Digest - http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/bs-md-co-school-breakfast-20150821-story.html ]
Food giants call truce with Michelle Obama
Food companies including General Mills and Schwan's adapted to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act's school meal nutrition changes and increased their K-12 food service sales last year. Many of them don't want to go back to the old nutrition standards, notes Gary Vonck, vice president of the education division at KeyImpact Sales and Systems, a food service distribution company. "I think for some manufacturers, it's been a great opportunity," said Jessica Donze Black, director of the Safe and Healthful Kids Food Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts. The revised nutrition standards call for cuts to salt, fat and sugar and more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free and low-fat milk on school menus.
Check out this article from FRAC's Weekly News Digest - http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/michelle-obama-food-giants-school-lunch-truce-213246]
*Child Hunger and Poverty*
Nutritious Food Out-of-Reach for 20 Percent of U.S. Homes with Children
A new study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association examined 7,435 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that the number of households with children experiencing severely low food security levels nearly doubled between 2003 and 2010. In addition, children raised in low- or very low-food secure households were up to 1.5 more likely to be obese. "When money is tight, food purchasing decisions are often focused on meeting immediate primal needs and are less focused on the healthiest alternative," said study co-author Christopher Taylor, Ph.D., associate professor of medical dietetics and family medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Check out this article from FRAC's Weekly News Digest - http://www.healthline.com/health-news/nutritious-food-out-of-reach-for-20-percent-of-us-homes-with-children-090115
Hispanic poverty in rural areas challenges states
Forty-seven percent of rural Hispanic babies are born poor, while 41 percent of urban Hispanic babies are poor, according to Stateline. In rural areas, it's harder for Hispanic babies to receive government assistance like SNAP and WIC. "These babies are starting behind the starting line," said Daniel Lichter, a Cornell University researcher and co-author of a recent study on the problem.
Check out this article from FRAC's Weekly News Digest -http://www.abqjournal.com/635964/news/rural-hispanic-poverty-a-challenge.html
Hunger and the Economy
House Democrats write to Pope on minimum wage, hunger [ http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/pope-francis-visit-democrats-letter-minimum-wage-hunger-213275 ] – Politico, September 2, 2015
A group of 96 House Democrats have asked Pope Francis to speak on hunger during his address to the joint session of Congress on September 24. "Currently nearly one in seven households are not sure if they can afford enough food to feed their families," write the Democrats in a letter to the Pope. "Yet, recently, Congress enacted cuts to food support for those in need that totaled almost $9 billion over the next decade. We believe the continued existence of hunger in America is a disgrace and an indictment of our government."
Check out this article from FRAC's Weekly News Digest - http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/pope-francis-visit-democrats-letter-minimum-wage-hunger-213275
Low-Income Workers See Biggest Drop in Paychecks
Despite economic improvement, take-home pay for many American workers has decreased since 2009, with the lowest-paid workers in areas where hiring has been strong (home health care, food preparation, retail) experiencing the biggest declines, reports the National Employment Law Project. A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute found that while labor productivity has improved since 2000, the benefits are going to companies, shareholders and top executives, not employees.
Check out this article from FRAC's Weekly News Digest - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/03/business/low-income-workers-see-biggest-drop-in-paychecks.html
More than three-quarters of a million elderly Californians 'unofficially' poor
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research reports that nearly one in five California adults over 65 (more than 750,000 people) are unable to afford basic needs but are not eligible for government assistance. "Many of our older adults are forced to choose between eating, taking their medication or paying rent," said D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto, a UCLA graduate student researcher at the center and lead author of the study. "The state might be emerging from a recession, but for many of our elder households, the downturn seems permanent."
Check out this article from FRAC's Weekly News Digest - http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/more-than-three-quarters-of-a-million-elderly-californians-unofficially-poor
About Us: The Food Research and Action Center is the leading national organization working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate domestic hunger and under nutrition. Visit our Web site [http://www.frac.org to learn more.