Submitted by Trina Ehntholt on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:26am
Grains of Hope is a collection of Pequannock organizations fighting poverty locally and globally by raising money and packaging nutritious meals for the New Jersey Food Banks and for Haiti. Last year food was also sent to the Philippines. This year the meals will probably be split between Haiti and the New Jersey Food Bank.
Last year St. Andrew's and Good Shepherd decided to support this effort and raised money be selling cards at Christmas to be given in honor or memory of someone. The vestry has once again endorsed this effort and sales of the cards will start in November. In addition to the cards, there will be a basket in the back of church for donations. Remember--25 cents buys one meal!
The second part of the effort is the actual food packing event. It will take place on March 22, 2015 at Pequannock's middle school. There is an excellent website (ffccsd.org) which shows a food packing video. I recommend watching that to see exactly how the food packing is done. Doing the actual packing is an exhausting and exhilarating experience and I encourage everyone to give it a try. Also check out the website gohnj.org for pictures of last year's event. Last year the total raised for the packing event was $33,500 and we packed 130,000 meals. Our NJ event is the only packing event outside of California and is the second largest.