Hunger Action Weekend is a church-wide focus on alleviating hunger locally and overseas. Everyone rallies around a constellation of intergenerational service projects, with a culminating weekend in October. Levels of enthusiasm and participation are high as we engage in work to help feed our brothers and sisters.
Food Packaging Event: "Stop Hunger Now"
We find creative ways to raise money for the supplies to host a food packaging project at Emmaus, as part of an international campaign called Stop Hunger Now. We schedule a day, usually in October, to create thousands of nutritious and tasty meal packets. These meal packets are stored and distributed by the Stop Hunger Now organization to people in need; each packet can sustain a person for a day.
Nonperishable Goods Drive
We collect nonperishable goods to donate to the local food closet, which is run by the Committee for Helping Others (CHO) in Vienna. Last year, we donated about 1,400 items. We also toured the food and clothing closet to learn how CHO meets the needs of financially stressed individuals and families.
Empty Mugs Lunch
Everyone looks forward to the Empty Mugs Lunch, which is held on the culmination of Hunger Action Weekend. Mugs are sold and the proceeds go to support Britepaths,another local food program. The newly purchased mug may be filled from a variety of delicious soups that folks have brought for the occasion; as we dine together, we are reminded of our prosperity and our intention that everyone’s mug be filled.
Vienna’s Crop Walk
50.2 million Americans live in food insecure households. Each day almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes worldwide The annual Vienna CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk is sponsored by Church World Service. Seventy-five percent goes to support long-term development, assistance in disasters and famines, and refugee resettlement. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds of the Vienna CROP Walk is donated to the CHO to help people in the local community.