Don't tell me your faith, show me your faith.
Read Community Action Led by Prayer - A Local Voices Column by Ambassador Tony Hall in the Dayton Daily News. Tony discusses the need for our community to increase our efforts to address hunger and other challenges.
How to turn faith into action to help our neighbors.
The Dayton community includes a variety of vibrant and caring faith traditions. One common thread among them is the encouragement to feed the hungry.
From the Torah:
Isaiah 58:7-8, 10-11
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily, your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the Eternal shall be your rear guard. If you shall pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
From the Quran:
"(The righteous are those) who feed the poor, the orphan, and the captive for the love of God, saying: 'We feed you for the sake of God alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks.'" - Quran, [76: 8-9]
From the Bible:
Matthew 25:35-40 New International Version (NIV) For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
WAYS TO TURN FAITH INTO ACTION
LEARN – Gain a deeper understanding of the root causes of hunger, poverty and the challenges people face. Invite a speaker to your place of worship or participate in educational exercises such as Bread for the World’s Racial Wealth Gap simulation.
Place regular informational articles in your bulletin or newsletter.
Email us to schedule a speaker, training or more educational information.
ADVOCATE –Support vital nutrition programs such as SNAP and Produce Perks and encourage legislators to focus on issues of health and equity. Support farmers markets and our local growers.
VOLUNTEER – Whether it’s with The Foodbank, House of Bread, Homefull, EastEnd Community Center, a local pantry or simply driving neighbors to the grocery store. Become personally committed. Visit Our Partners or Contact Nick Eddy, the Volunteer Coordinator at United Way of Greater Dayton to get you connected!
DONATE – The recent tornados have added financial strain to many local social service agencies and the need will continue into the next year. It’s also a crucial time to support Gem City Market, a community-owned grocery store designed to bring fresh healthy food to the food desert. Only through your generous support, are Our Partner Organizations able to make a difference in the quality of health and life of our neighbors in and around the Miami Valley. Please visit Our Partners' page and consider a contribution today.
PRAY – For those who are motivated by belief. Prayer can give guidance and strength. Prayer is extremely personal and each individual has his or her own way of conversing. Let’s use those conversations to find ways to build a better community.
Get in touch with us to help bring food security to the Dayton-Montgomery County area.