Week 1: FOOD
I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. Phil 4:12
When we Meet the Neighbors in Central Austin:
many speak of their worries about feeding their children.
of how they skip meals in order to pay the rent.
of waiting in line on the sidewalk for the food pantry to open, instead of running to the grocery store
of eating their holiday meal a church basement.
How important is food to your holiday celebrations?
Food Insecurity is defined as having the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food.
Food Insecurity is the uncertain ability to acquire acceptable food in a socially acceptable way.
Who among our neighbors is facing Food Insecurity?
Have I ever had to worry about Food Insecurity?
Learn more about the challenges of Food Insecurity
that affect our neighbors in Austin:
Angel Food Ministries
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Capital Area Food Bank
The food pantry that St. Austin Parish supports is Micah 6.
The mission of Micah 6 of Austin is to work together to identify and meet the needs of the homeless and the impoverished in the University of Texas campus area.
Visit the Micah 6 website
to learn more about this ministry: its clients, its operating needs and its impact in our neighborhood.
Angel Food Ministries i
s a nationwide, non-denominational organization that provides economical, healthy, fresh and frozen food to families with limited budgets. Just $30 (in cash or foodstamps) buys a box food to feed a family of four for a week. Read more about the possibilities that a ministry like this can offer to families living with limited means. Healthy food choices at an affordable price goes a long way towards stretching a budget and opening doors to food security, better health and financial security.
Visit the Angel Food MInistry website
The January 2004 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
cites statistics on the link between poverty and obesity, and associated health problems. To read the article, click here.
In its 29th year of service, the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) provides food and grocery products to more than 350 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties.
Click here for information on hunger in Central Texas and how you can help (with time, talent or treasure).
How hard is it to feed a family of four using food stamps? How far does the foodstamp "dollar" go?
Take the Central Texas Food Stamp Challenge
--can you provide your family with a healthy and satisfying diet for five days with only $20.90?