Annual Conference Workshops

Learning and Mission Workshops Hunger, Health, Children and Vital Congregations

United Methodists (beyond members of the annual conference) may participate in learning and mission workshops on Thursday, June 5 at the Jackson Convention Complex. Leaders of all 1,000 United Methodist congregations in Mississippi are encouraged to participate in these holy conferencing opportunities! NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY. PLEASE COME AND BRING A FRIEND!

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Hunger Mission Volunteer Opportunities

Society of St. Andrew

The Society of St. Andrew has delivered more than 9 million pounds of salvaged potatoes and other food to the needy in Mississippi through our Potato and Produce Project. This has resulted in almost 30 million servings of food going to Mississippi’s hungry.

The Society of St. Andrew operates a volunteer-driven Gleaning Network in Mississippi that includes volunteers who save fresh produce every year and use it to feed hungry people all across the state.

We salvage tractor-trailer loads of potatoes and other produce that are rejected by commercial markets or potato chip factories due to slight imperfections in size, shape, or surface blemishes.

Usually, these rejected loads end up at local landfills. Through the Potato and Produce Project, the banks, soup kitchens, food pantries, low income housing areas, local churches and other hunger agencies for distribution to the poor.

For information about gleaning in Mississippi, please contact: Jackie Usey, P.O. Box 5362, Jackson, MS 296-5362, or call 769-233-0887.

Stop Hunger Now

Beginning Thursday afternoon until Saturday evening, Mississippi United Methodist Men are partnering with and will be hosting a packing event to kick off the 1 Million Meals mission for the Mississippi United Methodist Conference.

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.

Stop Hunger Now created its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly.

The packaging operation is mobile enough to go wherever volunteers are located, and can be adapted to accommodate as few as 25 and as many as 500 volunteers at a time. The use of volunteers for product packaging has resulted in an extremely cost-effective operation while, at the same time, increasing awareness of global hunger and food insecurity issues across the world.

Be part of this packing event in the Exhibit Hall of the Jackson Convention Complex.

For more information go to: http://www.stophungernow.org or contact Matt Casteel at mcasteel@stophungernow.org.