Plant a Row for Hope

Proverbs 3:9-10 - Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

Luke 6:38 - Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.

Food is a gift from God, but a lot of people, especially those struggling to make ends meet, lack access to healthy affordable food.

New Hope’s food pantry has been serving Oceana County for 15 years, and we too find it an ongoing struggle to offer food that is fresh and healthy to our friends and neighbors. While we are able to buy a lot of processed food at discounted prices from organizations like Feeding America, fresh food comes at a substantially higher cost. We would like to invite you to help serve your community and honor God with “the firstfruits of all your produce” by planting an extra row in your garden and donating the harvest to our pantry.

For a more thorough discussion of a food and faith, read Eat With Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food, by Rachel Marie Stone, especially the second chapter, “Generous Eating.”

What to plant?

We have not had a problem getting rid of any fresh produce at our pantries, so whatever you want to plant will be wonderful.

That said, since our pantry is only once a month, longer lasting crops will ensure that the food is still fresh come pantry day. Carrots, potatoes, cabbage and other more durable vegetables will last from harvest to pantry.

Otherwise, instead of planting an extra row, consider donating a picking from some less hardy crops throughout the rest of your garden. For example, if you grow greens, peas, beans, or other crops that get picked more than once, you can pick all that you can on the day of the pantry and donate that. That way we’d be able to offer more of a variety of produce.

We’ll pick it up!

Call Pastor Jen at 616-350-4414 to make arrangements for someone from our church to pick up your produce at a time that’s convenient for you.

What about canned or frozen veggies?

While we would love to be able to offer home canned or frozen produce, we are not able to due to health code regulations.

One dream of ours that could accommodate large amounts of produce on a non-pantry day, is to host a food preservation class in which we could provide all the food and necessary equipment. If you are interested in donating food or supplies, or participating in something like this, please give us a call. It would be one way that we would be able to provide some healthy food throughout the year.

For more information please contact Pastor Jen at jenHcurran@gmail.com

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