Archive for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Agencies meet to discuss hunger resources, needs

July 15, 2009


Leaders discuss hunger solutions

Leaders across Douglas County networked Tuesday about ways to better feed the hungry. Enlarge video

Representatives of social service agencies gathered at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence on Tuesday to network and discuss strategies for meeting the needs of the area’s hungry.

Representatives from agencies such as ECKAN, the Roger Hill Volunteer Center and the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry participated in the third annual Douglas County Food Services Providers Gathering.

With numerous community agencies operating food pantries across the city and the county, it’s important for agencies to communicate about what services and programs each is providing, said meeting organizer Steve Ozark, from the Lawrence Community Interfaith Initiative.

The meeting was also a chance to help brainstorm about needs that are not being met, said Jeanette Collier, executive director of the Douglas County ECKAN branch.

“Some things are working, but we know there are some gaps,” Collier said.

Ideas discussed at the meeting included potential programs such as a low-income food cooperative and food planning and cooking classes, as well as more efficient holiday food basket delivery.

Collier said that making better use of the area’s resources was necessary in tough economic times, as agencies see many new clients.

“We’re seeing more and more families who have not had to access (social) services before,” she said.

Organizers said they hoped the meeting would lead to continued partnering between agencies.


Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 8 months ago

The best thing about this is that the different churches are working together. They are doing this in a way that is not designed to tell anyone what church to belong to, but that different faiths can work together without giving up their individual identities. This is a very difficult situation as there are only so many resources that must be parceled out to serve a great many people. Volunteer are the ones that ensure that things get done. We should all thank them for this.

sandersen 8 years, 8 months ago

I agree, Irish, that it is wonderful that these orgainizations are all working in cohesion. I would, however, like to point out that a number of these groups are not religious organizations.

Another wonderful example of people with many different perspectives working together to help their fellow humans.

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