Each month the Social Justice Task Force will focus on an important issue to educate our congregation through our monthly newsletter, website, and monthly speaker series. Together, we will Live Grace First through all that we do.
November 2020 - Hunger
Monthly Speaker Series: The Impact of Poverty and Hunger in our WISD Community
Speaker: Racheal Rife - Executive Director of Instructional Support at WISD
When: Tuesday, November 10th at 5:30PM
What: Racheal oversees the Homeless Program for WISD and has shared with us information on how hunger is affecting families and students in our area.
To watch the recorded Zoom meeting, CLICK HERE
Did you know nearly 1 in 10 people in Parker County live in poverty and need assistance with food?
40% of students in WISD are economically disadvantaged which includes those on reduced/free meals.
This continues to rise each month.
A couple ways GFPC is taking action:
We provide 18 Food Backpacks each week to children at Bill Wright Elementary. 18 more backpacks are provided by another church meaning at least 36 families need help feeding their families each weekend in just one school.
We collect non-perishable food items for Manna Storehouse who served about 4,500 families in 2019.
We have Living Grace First Bags full of food items for members to carry in their cars to distribute to those they come across while they are out and about. (If you want a bag to give out, see Lacey)
We will be hosting a Kids Against Hunger packing on Sunday, November 15th starting at 9:30. Join us!
The United States Department of Agriculture administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program, previously known as food stamps, is designed to help guarantee low-income households and individuals access to a basic level of nutrition.
In Parker County and throughout the country, SNAP households are a major focus of the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted each year by the U.S. Census Bureau. A household in Parker County is a group of people living in a house, apartment, or other housing unit. Households may be family households or non-family households.
Unlike the Census, which is an exact count of people and households every ten years, ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. For locations with populations under 60,000, the ACS is only available in 5-year estimates, rather than single-year periods. The 5-year estimates provide greater geographical granularity but a less granular time period. Note that the data in this article is presented as counts of households, not of individuals.
3.3k Households (about 10,000 persons) Receive Food Stamps/SNAP from 2014-2018 in Parker County, TX
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates.
Listen to recording of the webinar about Systemic Poverty put on by PC (USA) Mission: https://zoom.us/rec/play/YXu24UGKY1nTKrCgkY8_hjyBSZ6D9cUFAGrNVtD2pvR73N9uUFSodeOfH3xwFr80S0UbFsgC0gNpjOVc.gw0YjYsZI8ULdeBp?startTime=1600281489000
Or read the highlights from the webinar here: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/why-are-people-hungry-and-poor/
Read a fact sheet about the cost of poverty by poorpeoplescampaign.org: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/CostofPoverty_FINAL.pdf
December 2020 - Housing Insecurity
Center of Hope reports on their website that they serve 13,000 meals through their dining room and 4,000 baskets of food each year.
Manna Storehouse assist around 4,500 families with food and about 500 Thanksgiving meals each year.
Monthly Speaker Series: Michael Handley, Director of Communications at Presbyterian Night Shelter
When: Tuesday, December 8th at 5:30PM (Zoom details to come)
What: Michael oversees all communications for the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth Texas. He will discuss how COVID has impacted the homeless and will share statistics on who they are serving.