Friday, October 23, 2015

Lifting the stigma for those in need

The United Congregational Church of Tolland (UCCT) was delighted when Rev. Jeff Gallagher approached the pulpit with orange spiked hair on Sunday, October 4. The change in appearance announced that the congregation had reached its goal of 200 participants in the Foodshare SNAP Challenge. During September's Hunger Action Month, in partnership with Foodshare and the Tri-Town Hunger Action Team, The Missions Committee of UCCT challenged folks to try and live on $4.40 per day - the average amount received by those eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps).

This was the second year that UCC Tolland participated in the SNAP Challenge. In 2014, 100 volunteers took the challenge and raised $2,000 for Foodshare. This year, there were 200 participants who raised a total of $3,082.43 for Foodshare!

UCCT is about lifting the stigma that keeps families from accepting support in the form of SNAP benefits, fuel assistance, food pantries and other social services that are meant to help us during times of crisis. We have come to realize that we must combat hunger not just through a donation, but through education and compassion said Rev. Judy Medeiros. The United Congregational Church is proud to be a site for the Mobile Foodshare program that brings fresh produce to their parking lot for distribution every other Thursday from 9-9:30 a.m.

Does this story inspire you?  Take the SNAP Challenge and share your experience with us!

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