Ripe Unto The Harvest

Paul David Hewson is an outspoken Christian activist focused on the justice issues of access to life-saving medicine, the elimination of extreme poverty and the forgiveness of predatory debt. He’s also the lead singer of U2. (You probably know him as Bono).

What does Bono mean when he says our opportunity to end extreme poverty — the kind that causes children to starve to death — has become instead a millstone around our necks?

If the imagery sounds familiar, that’s because it’s from Jesus, as recorded in Luke 17:2:

“It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones [children] to stumble.”

The root causes of extreme poverty, both here and abroad, are important to think about as we prepare to celebrate Harvest Home tomorrow, thanking God for another year’s harvest and collecting produce and canned goods in support of the Lowhill Food Pantry.  Please join us!

As School Begins, Hungry Kids Face Challenges Locally, Nationally

One out of every six children in American lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.

News from  Bethlehem this week highlights why ministries like the Lowhill Food Pantry and the Snack Pack program are so important in our community.

Christ’s Church at Lowhill is in the heart of the Northwestern Lehigh School District, and the Lowhill Food Pantry’s food assistance programs serve individuals, families, and children in Lynn, Lowhill, Heidelberg, and Weisenberg Townships.

We are called to love our neighbors and care for all of God’s children.  Please help the Lowhill Food Pantry carry out this vital mission!

 

 

The Snack Pack Program Needs Your Help!

As children in our area prepare to return to school, we wanted to remind everyone of an important program tackling weekend food insecurity for our region’s young people. The Lowhill Food Pantry has joined hands with the Northwestern Lehigh School District and the Allentown West Rotary Club to provide weekend food supplements to local children during the school year.

The program launched a few years ago with 40 children receiving “Snack Packs” twice a month, but we know the needs are at least twice as great. We’ve identified at least 40 more families that could benefit from this important program. Nationwide, 1 in 6 children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. The causes of this reality are complex and deserving of close examination, but we must not allow children to go hungry while adults in Harrisburg or Washington argue politics.

To better meet the needs of Northwestern Lehigh community, the Snack Pack program is in need of sponsorship from individuals, businesses, churches, and other community groups. Volunteers from Rotary, Northwestern Lehigh Senior High School’s Interact Club, and the Lowhill Food Pantry gather to assemble these packs, which cost about $5 each to fill. Without this vital program, many of children in our community would go entire weekends without eating.

The Snack Pack Program needs your support. Please consider an ongoing monetary donation. One-time gifts are also appreciated. 100% of checks made payable to the Lowhill Food Pantry with “Snack Pack Program” in the memo line will go directly into the purchasing of nutritious food items for this essential program.

Questions? Please contact the Lowhill Food Pantry (610-674-2440) or Gloria Zimmerman, Allentown West Rotary (610-395-0763).

Please donate as you are able. No child should go hungry!