Maple syrup, ice hockey, back bacon and Niagara Falls are just a few things that Canada is famous for. However, to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints (LDS), a partner with Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) since 2012, is choosing to give back.
On Saturday, June 10, Latter-Day Saints in the Kingston Ontario District, in an ongoing effort to assist the needy, will help combat the local issue of hunger. Seven congregations within the Kingston District will team up with other community and civic-minded individuals to tackle six hunger project initiatives in Kingston, Belleville, Trenton, Napanee, Smith Falls, and Brockville. The goal? Package 150,000 meals — 1000 meals for each year since Confederation.
Other compassionate and service-minded organizations and civic leaders volunteering their time to this worthy endeavor include David Henderson, mayor of Brockville; Leigh Bursey, Brockville councilman; Devin Payne, dean of the Fulford Academy; and Shawn Pankow, mayor of Smiths Falls. Employees from the Royal Bank of Canada, members of various service organizations such as the Rotary and Lions Clubs, the Perth Youth Club, Habitat for Humanity, Loaves and Fishes and many others, including local churches such as the Anglican and Presbyterian churches, have also lent their support to this project.
The meals will be distributed to local schools, food banks and pantries, The Salvation Army, Loving Spoonful and local women’s shelters.
The director of public affairs for the Kingston Ontario District of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mary Jean McKeever, shared how these hunger projects are not only helping to celebrate Canada but assisting those in need in the surrounding areas.
“Our District was asked to come up with a project that reflects our Christian values and celebrates everything that Canada is about. Sarah Lucas of the Smiths Falls congregation, who had participated in a hunger project with the LDS Youth, brought forward the idea which has blossomed into reality.”
“The LDS Church has a large worldwide humanitarian network and so it seemed more than appropriate to host a project that reached out to the local communities and those interested in addressing poverty and hunger among children and families,” McKeever added.
“We have been working on this project since last September, and we are very pleased. I am over the moon excited and happy about it,” McKeever explained. “We have developed great relationships within the communities. We are service-giving people and have a great desire to work together to make a difference.”
This initiative also forms part of the launch of JustServe (JustServe.org), a free website service that matches nonprofit organizations with volunteers in the community. By hosting the Feeding Children Everywhere Hunger Project and linking arms with the communities, the relationships that have been developed will lead to many other opportunities to make a difference for those less fortunate.
Anyone from the community will soon be able to go to the website to find various local opportunities to involve themselves in service to others. Volunteer and service-oriented organizations are also invited to upload their service needs.
“As Christians, it is our mandate to ‘feed the hungry and clothe the naked.’ We don’t believe in a hand out, we believe in a hand up. Having enough to eat each day is critical to achieving that.” McKeever concluded.
“As Canadians, we are a helping nation – what better way to put our beliefs into action?”
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