“for I was hungry and you gave me food…” (Matthew 25:35)
Finding inspiration in these words of Jesus, the Hunger Ministry team responds to both the immediate and systemic problems caused by lack of or inadequate food through hands-on work, advocacy, education/awareness, and by raising and distributing funds for partner organizations.
The Hunger Ministry teams direct ministry programs include:
- Groveland Foodshelf
- Feed My Starving Children
- Friends Eating and Sharing Together (FEAST)
Westminster was a founding partner congregation of Groveland Foodshelf at nearby Plymouth Congregational Church more than 40 years ago and has consistently supported it through volunteerism, board membership and leadership, and food and monetary donations.
For nearly 30 years, Westminster has partnered with three other downtown congregations (Hennepin Avenue United Methodist, Plymouth Congregational and St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral) to provide hospitality and hot nutritious meals to our neighbors in need on Sunday evenings. We welcome guests to Westminster on the fourth Sunday of each month. Volunteers cook, set tables, serve meals, and clean up from 4-7 pm on our designated Sunday. To help, please contact Vanessa or sign up at the reception desk.
Feed My Starving Children
Westminster members frequently join together to pack meals for malnourished children around the world. Watch for notice of opportunities to sign up for these packing opportunities.
The Hunger Ministry team is expanding its understanding of food justice—the long term commitment to building trusting relationships with all members of the community to find mutually beneficial ways of developing equitable, dignified, life-giving alternatives that lead to a just, sustainable local and regional food economy. A recent example is Westminster’s partnership with a local Community Supported Agriculture consortium of Hmong, Latino, African-American, and other farmers that provided seasonal work to inner city youth. Westminster provides eight full shares (15-20 lbs per week each) of fresh produce to Groveland Foodshelf to distribute to those in need in our community.