Matthew 25:35, 40
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me… Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.
Reflection: Hunger is very close to us at Salem—in fact, one example is only a few blocks away at our adopt-a-school, Thomas Jefferson Primary. Every Friday the school distributes over 250 snack bags to children to take home for the weekend. These food sacks are provided and assembled by a local church with some of the food coming from Midwest Food Bank. Many other Peoria public schools have similar programs to assist with food over the weekend. Hunger is all around us.
Last year during “Be Like Jesus” activities, Salem’s children participated in a project to make food sacks for Thomas Jefferson. The timing was good because there was a holiday the following week, and the regular food bags were only for a two-day weekend. The 250 bags provided by Salem youth helped with hunger needs for that third day of the weekend.
Hunger is one of the obstacles that many students face as they do their schoolwork. Overcoming that obstacle is a first step in helping a child to be healthy and resilient and ready to learn.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to understand how students suffer because of hunger. We pray for students and their families to have the food they need for health and energy. Amen.