In a city as thriving as Baltimore, children are being raised with inadequate or poor nutrition, suffering in their health and academic success, and become the adults in our community suffering from heart disease, obesity, and other chronic health issues.
It doesn’t need to be this way. God has given sufficient provision for all. We just have to align that provision by heart, not by greed. We believe that these families can have access to healthy food options, and we believe this is where the Church should be most present. Our mission is to grow and move fresh food into the local neighborhoods and into the homes of the most impoverished families, and at the same time, engage the Church as His “hands and feet” in this work.
In 2013 we will be donating 90% of our yield to organizations and families in need. In 2010 and 2011 we focused our giving to local shelters that needed help off-setting their operational expenses, which occurred by supplying fresh food that they could pass along to their clients. In the past we’ve donated to such worthy organizations as
My Brothers Keeper http://www.mybrotherskeeperbaltimore.org/
Our Daily Bread http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/our-daily-bread/
Westside Men’s Shelter http://www.facebook.com/pages/Westside-Emergency-Mens-Shelter/196532880368157?v=info
The Club at Collington Square http://www.ecsm.org/programs/collington.php
This year we are looking for suburban and urban churches who want to help us improve family healthy and build community by being Food Distribution Partners. In doing so, you would agree to come to The Samaritan Women Farms each week to pick up a large share of freshly-picked produce, and to deliver it to a church, school, daycare, shelter, or nonprofit in the city that you’ve been paired with.
If you already have a relationship with a donation site, let us know. We are focusing on the SW area of Baltimore, but the need is great in many areas. If you don’t have a donor site in mind, we’d be happy to put you in touch with a site.
This is about so much more than food. It’s about being the WHOLE Church, serving one another, and healing our brokenness. Get acquainted! Build fellowship! Who knows what angel you might have the honor to welcome into your life.
Donations start mid May and go to the beginning of October 2013.
READY TO LEARN MORE? Contact Amanda.