If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places…You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again. Isaiah 58:10-12 (MSG)
Hunger is closer than you think. Eagle Brook is part of an ongoing, collaborative hunger project with our surrounding food shelves and school districts, and you can help! Here's a snapshot of why this initiative exists:
- For the local elementary student who tells her teacher that she's worried about being sick on a Friday because she’ll miss getting a “Weekend Pack” and won’t have enough food to get her through the weekend.
- For the child getting his hand stamped every day in the lunch room. A stamp that reminds both the child and his parents that they don’t have money in their lunch account, week in and week out. It turns into a label and draws unwanted attention and questions from his classmates.
- For the teachers who use their own money to buy and store breakfast bars, oranges and crackers in their classroom to stave off hunger for students who need extra on Monday morning.
Eagle Brook began conversations with the schools and food shelves to find a way to collaboratively tackle hunger in our local communities. Through funding of the One by One Campaign, EBC is providing a cohort opportunity for food shelves to build capacity through grant-writing. Our partner food shelves have recently partnered with their respective schools by identifying children in need and then supporting these children through the weekend by ensuring they have a to stave off hunger.
That's where you come in! We need YOU to come alongside us and create hope in the midst of hunger. If you're interested in donating food, cash or Weekend Packs, please contact your local food shelf directly for drop off times and they will ensure it reaches a child in need:
- White Bear Area Food Shelf (651.407.5310)
- Centennial Middle School (Drop off at school lobby front desk)
- H.O.P.E Office (Anoka-Hennepin School District)
- Coon Rapids Family Center Mall (11224-B Crooked Lake Blvd NW, Mondays-Fridays, 8 am-4 pm. Call 764.433.4695 to notify of delivery and time)
If you have any questions, contact