UMNC has a new partnership with the Society of St. Andrews to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to our food pantries. This helps complement the food we distribute from the Mid-South Food Bank. “Gleaner” volunteers from St. Andrews, like Tonia Anderson of Memphis, bring donations to the UMNC on Weds. And Saturday from local farmers markets that are distributed through our food pantries. This has been a huge blessing for all of our locations.
In the Spring of 1978, Reverend Ken and Jean Horne, Reverend Ray and Marian Buchanan, and Reverend Jeff and Susan Allen, and their families, began praying daily for God’s guidance in beginning a shared ministry. Out of this period of intentional prayer, a plan for an intentional Christian community dedicated to helping resolve the problem of world hunger was developed. This plan was presented to Bishop Kenneth Goodson of the Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in the Spring of 1979.
Since 1983, the Society of St. Andrew has salvaged fresh, nutritious produce from American farms – produce that
otherwise would be left to rot – and delivered it to agencies across the nation that serve the poor.
God has called us to do this work. In Deuteronomy 15, it says, “Since there will never cease to be some in need on the Earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.”‘
That is why every ounce of food we give to hungry Americans is given in the name of Jesus Christ.
The Society of St. Andrew builds Christian communities. We do this by bringing people together in service to the Lord and in service to others.
Jesus made it very clear that his followers are supposed to be in ministry to and with the poor. For instance, in Luke 14:12-14 we learn that Jesus was at a dinner:
Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a dinner,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will repay you by inviting you back. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the godly, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”
We feed the hungry in Jesus’ name. That is why people from all denominations participate actively in our ministry by making financial contributions, by gleaning with us, and through their prayers. Persons of other faiths and from other perspectives partner with us in the desire to give of themselves to feed the hungry.