There’s enough food produced in the world to feed everybody. Yet, one in every nine persons worldwide goes hungry.
To contribute to the fight against hunger, Believers Eastern Church dioceses held a massive food distribution drive and fed the hungry and destitute on 16 October 2018, on the occasion of World Food Day.
Celebrated around the world, World Food Day aims to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.
Through the food distribution drives held across India, Believers Eastern Church dioceses were able to serve healthy, nutritious meals to thousands of poor and hungry people and help them stave off hunger. The staff, clergy and parish members of the church used this opportunity to reach out to those without food and enthusiastically took part in cooking, packing and distributing the meals to those in need.
Believers Eastern Church Diocese of Jorhat held food distributions at two places and they handed out food packets, consisting of bread, egg and banana, to around 100 people at a hospital and at a railway station.
A team from Diocese of Shillong visited a TB hospital where they distributed food packets to 115 patients. Dioceses of Agartala, Solan and Banswara also provided bread and fruit packets to the sick and needy patients at different hospitals.
Diocese of Berhampur served hot nutritious meal to the residents of a leprosy colony which houses 50 families. Many of them earn their living through begging.
Diocese of Patna distributed food packets to 140 people in a leprosy colony.
Diocese of Gurdaspur prepared meals and served to 200 people in a leprosy colony. Several parishes under this diocese also took initiative to prepare and serve meals to the elderly people at their respective places.
Diocese of Uttarakhand served lunch to over 100 differently-abled children who are sheltered in one of the Care homes. The healthy lunch consisted of rice, pulse curry, boiled vegetables and rice pudding. Two of the parishes under this diocese provided food to 100 people living in a slum and to those at a leprosy colony.
Diocese of Sambalpur distributed fruit packets to children in an orphanage and to the beggars at railway stations. They also distributed food packets to the homeless living on the streets.
Believers Eastern Church Diocese of Ananad celebrated the day along with the inmates of orphanage and old age homes and among slum children.
While Dioceses of Delhi and Siliguri held food distribution in slum areas, Dioceses of Trichy, Chennai, Bilaspur and Jaigaon distributed food to the people living rough on the streets.
Diocese of Buniadpur and Diocese of Gorakhpur served hot meals to poor and needy residents of two backward villages.
A team from Diocese of Purulia visited an impoverished village where they distributed food packets to 100 people including many children.
About 50 people from a backward village in Diocese of Mumbai received lunch which consisted of rice and chicken curry. Various teams from the Diocese also distributed food to people on streets and other places.
Diocese of Vijayawada held a food distribution in a village where healthy meals were served to poor and malnourished children. The Diocese also provided hot cooked meals to elderly people at another location.
Diocese of Imphal distributed 10 kilograms of rice to 30 widows and Diocese of Malabar distributed ration items to the needy, on the occasion.
Each year Believers Eastern Church carries out food distribution on different occasions to meet the hunger needs of those who are the most vulnerable and thus bring food, comfort and hope to them. The church also runs several programs designed to lift the poor out of poverty and equip them with skills and resources they need to be free from hunger for a lifetime.
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