In a ‘typical’ year, food insecurity — which is a disruption in regular eating because of limited money or other resources — affects 1 in 10 households in the U.S. (Economic Research Service, 2019).
34% of all LA County households (approximately 1.2 million households) experienced food insecurity between April and December of 2020.
On Saturday, October 2, 2021, the small church plant led by Howard and Sorayda O’Dell – House of Redemption – held a food distribution event in partnership with A World With Compassion, a local food distribution non-profit. In just a few hours their small group (less than 20 volunteers!) provided food, prayer, and encouragement for 153 families – approximately 500-600 people.
Since House of Redemption first connected with A World With Compassion, two more local Free Methodist churches have joined up to help with food distribution events.
Take the Next Step
Many of our church members want to volunteer in their community and see God move in the lives of their neighbors – they just don’t know how to get started. If you’ve been looking for a way to activate your congregation to help fight food insecurity, we want to encourage you to take the following steps:
- Share the video with your congregation during your Sunday service
- Contact your local food bank or pantry to find out how your group can serve
- Schedule a food distribution event
If your group is already working to fight food insecurity in your community, we would love to hear from you and tell your story, too!