"For I was hungry, and you fed me."
Matthew Chapter 25
INTRODUCING CHAPTER 25 (formerly known as Lincoln Kids Against Hunger)
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LIVING THE WORD
Millions of lives have been touched because of the efforts, compassion and the desire of so many to make a difference in the lives of those in greatest need. Our wonderful, caring community that has been diligently working to eliminate local and worldwide hunger hits a true milestone in September- 10 years of providing meals for children and their families. Countless blessings have been shared by food recipients and volunteers. Our groups of volunteers have included teen therapeutic groups, previous refugee food recipients, senior living groups, entire congregations, businesses, inmates, families, neighborhoods, birthday parties and countless others!
Because of people like you – our mission continues to expand and grow in service. We welcome our entire community to join us in our simple mission to feed Him when He is hungry. Local families continue to need our help - children on a global basis continue to lose their lives to severe malnourishment that we can prevent at a devastating, unacceptable rate.
OUR BIG NEWS
Our mission to ease the burden of hunger by harnessing the power of volunteers is the same vision Mr. Richard Proudfit inspired from the early planning stages. His dedication, drive – a life of service to feed hungry children and their families are the very reason we exist. With our 10 year anniversary approaching this September, a longtime dream was realized to utilize inmates as volunteers. It was a huge success and this program is expanding (more news to come!). As reflection and evaluation continued, we kept coming back to Matthew Chapter 25:35-40.
35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Powerful isn’t it. Simple – straightforward. To better reflect our organizational mission– moving forward, we have changed our name from Lincoln Kids Against Hunger to Chapter 25. Our food packaging and distribution efforts are needed now more than ever as are meaningful volunteer experiences for people of all ages and walks of life. “KIDS” have been and will remain a significant component of our volunteer groups, but all are welcome. We feel this name change better reflects our organization and our mission.
To better meet the needs and potential of our mission, we have made the decision to separate from “Kids Against Hunger” which Mr. Proudfit is no longer a part of. As a “Kids Against Hunger” satellite all operations have run independently from other satellites meaning the most significant change for the organization is simply a name change. Our mission to feed the hungry locally and worldwide will continue and there are early plans to fully incorporate the message of Matthew Chapter 25 – helping those in need.
WHEN DID I SEE YOU HUNGRY?
After nearly 10 years of volunteers sharing how this simple act of service has personally impacted them, it is clear hunger is physical and spiritual. The hunger to be part of a bigger whole – inspired to make a difference, is just as real as physical hunger. It’s also a simple guiding spiritual command we’ve been given.
In Matthew 25:35 the Lord states, “For I was hungry, and you fed me”. We invite you to join us in living this message. Families within our own community struggle to put food on the table, communities continue to experience disasters requiring basic food for survival, children and their families around the world continue to perish due to the effects of severe malnourishment. Surely, this is seeing God hungry.
As Chapter 25, we will continue, with your much needed support, our mission of feeding the hungry. God willing, we will expand our mission to more fully reflect the very criteria to which we will all be held accountable.
Please accept our invitation to live Chapter 25.