After Thanks­giv­ing Day feast, peo­ple are hun­gry Fri­day, too

Orlando Sentinel - - OPINION - By Robert F. Stu­art

In 1975, a small group of very com­mit­ted ladies of the St. James Cathe­dral be­gan a project that has, through the years, served mil­lions of meals right here in Cen­tral Florida. Fol­low­ing a 40 Day Project to serve a noon­time meal, this group, along with the core of pas­tors from Or­lando’s down­town churches, reached out to the Chris­tian Ser­vice Cen­ter and asked them to con­tinue to feed the hun­gry, a min­istry now called Daily Bread.

Forty-four years ago, this fledg­ling or­ga­ni­za­tion adopted this project and scores of thou­sands of vol­un­teers have served al­most 5 mil­lion meals to count­less neigh­bors through this great pro­gram. Daily more than 400 meals are served — each Sun­day through Fri­day, in down­town Or­lando and Ocoee — be­cause peo­ple are hun­gry.

As we en­ter the hol­i­day sea­son, we are over­joyed with those who have cho­sen to ex­press their faith and car­ing spirit to pro­vide help, es­pe­cially on Thanks­giv­ing. It thrills my heart to see such a giv­ing spirit. But, my ex­cite­ment is bit­ter­sweet when I think of those who will be hun­gry on Fri­day, too!

Oh, how I wish that we could solve the chal­lenges of home­less­ness and hunger with one sig­nif­i­cant act of kind­ness. On the con­trary, it takes many self­less acts and count­less words of en­cour­age­ment along with reg­u­lar, faith­ful hands of com­mit­ted peo­ple to help solve these is­sues. The Chris­tian Ser­vice Cen­ter, along with many other agen­cies, “stands in the gap” each day, help­ing those in need move one step fur­ther down the path.

Come join us! Use this hol­i­day sea­son to sam­ple what’s avail­able for those who want to live a life de­voted to serv­ing oth­ers. Peo­ple are hun­gry on Thanks­giv­ing and they should be helped. But, they are hun­gry on Fri­day, too!

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