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Loving the city part 4 ¿ feeding the hungry update!

I spoke to the fine folks at the Food Bank of Manatee last week who reported that since the initiative in September to unite and support the Food Bank through the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program the Food Bank is up 30 percent from this time last year!

That is a significant impact to help feed hungry people considering they were down prior to the campaign. A big thank you to all the ministries, organizations and individuals who have participated thus far; we will be careful to give God all the glory.

But the need is still significant, so I would like to ask the Body of Christ in Manatee County to continue this call to action and keep up the push as the need increases during the holidays and help feed the hungry through this wonderful organization that has a far reaching, proven model that operates with excellence.

I would like to invite churches to unite with a “Kingdom Link”. This simply means taking up a couple of extra offerings between now and the holidays to go toward the Food Bank of Manatee. We would continue to make a huge impact upon this great need. Our joint effort would give God the Glory and the church of Jesus Christ would be a greater witness and a source of salt and light by simply working together as ONE Church.

Here are three ways you can get started right away: 1) Pastors, please put a food bank barrel in your church, 2) Take up a couple of extra offerings for the food bank, and 3) Donate to the food bank individually.

To exhibit the severity of this need, some recent stats from the Food Bank’s website are provided. Food distributed as of July 2011, was 1,968,000 pounds, compared to 1,437,000 pounds at the same point last year. In 2010, total distribution from The Food Bank of Manatee was about 2.6 million pounds; the 2011 distribution is estimated to top 3.4 million pounds. Organizations are being asked to donate non-perishable food items and money to purchase food. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at: The Food Bank of Manatee, 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 34208. All contributions are tax-deductible. To arrange for a food collection barrel, call 941-747-FOOD (3663) Also visit www.foodbankofmanatee.org.

WWYDFJ - “What Would You Do For Jesus” - Jesus said He was hungry and you gave Him food. Read Matthew 25:35–40

My prayer is that this article transcends into an epistle of love that produces transformation in our hearts, lives and in our community.

Let the Church be the Church and the people will rejoice, that’s the Kingdom Perspective!

Don Sturiano is pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, which meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 825 9th Street West just across the street from Turner Donuts in downtown Bradenton. Call (941) 776-0026 or visit www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org for more information.

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