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Thanksgiving Baskets Support Local Families

In partnership with Highlands Community Ministries, Highland Presbyterian Church will be collecting non-perishable 15225468733_504504c866_kfood items in October and November. We will build Thanksgiving Baskets for 40 families in our community. If you can help, please bring food items in the collection bins in Fellowship Hall and the Walker-Nevin Building. The last day to drop off food is Friday, November 17.
Here are two exciting ways to serve:
  • Pack Baskets: Saturday, November 18th at 10am in Fellowship Hall
  • Deliver baskets after worship 12:15pm on Sunday, November 19th (from the sanctuary)
 Thanksgiving Basket “Shopping List” 

This is a list of items that will go into each basket. Please bring as you can, or go shopping for an entire basket.

  • Money toward gift cards for each family to buy the right turkey for themselves (make checks out to Highland Presbyterian Church and put “Thanksgiving Basket” on the memo line. Please bring or send to church office).
  • Cans of sweet potatoes/yams
  • Cans or Packets of gravy15858950346_bbaef34cc4_k
  • Boxes of dressing/stuffing
  • Cans of Green Beans, peas, mixed veggies
  • Cans of Corn and Cranberry Sauce
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Dessert: brownie or cake mix & frosting, and Pumpkin pie filling
  • Boxes (we need boxes for packing the items into)

We plan on adding some pantry staples, please also offer:

  • Rice, beans or pasta.
  • Canned fruit
  • Peanut Butter

Please place them in the collection bins in the coat closet area of Fellowship Hall or in the Walker-Nevin Building. Donations accepted until 11/17!

Come help assemble baskets on Saturday 11/18 at 10am in the church Dining Room.

Sign up to deliver baskets on Sunday, November 19 here.

Thanksgiving Baskets Support Local Families

In partnership with Highlands Community Ministries, Highland Presbyterian Church will be collecting non-perishable 15225468733_504504c866_kfood items in October and November. We will build Thanksgiving Baskets for 40 families in our community. If you
can help, please bring food items in the collection bins in Fellowship Hall and the Walker-Nevin Building. The last day to drop off food is Friday, November 18.
Here are two exciting ways to serve:
  • Pack Baskets: Saturday, November 19th at 10am in the Dining Room
  • Deliver baskets: at 12:15pm on Sunday, November 24th (from the sanctuary)
 Thanksgiving Basket “Shopping List” 

This is a list of items that will go into each basket. Please bring as you can, or go shopping for an entire basket.

  • Money toward gift cards for each family to buy the right turkey for themselves (make checks out to Highland Presbyterian Church and put “Thanksgiving Basket” on the memo line. Please bring or send to church office).
  • Cans of sweet potatoes/yams
  • Cans or Packets of gravy15858950346_bbaef34cc4_k
  • Boxes of dressing/stuffing
  • Cans of Green Beans, peas, mixed veggies
  • Cans of Corn and Cranberry Sauce
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Dessert: brownie or cake mix & frosting, and Pumpkin pie filling
  • Boxes (we need boxes for packing the items into)

We plan on adding some pantry staples, please also offer:

  • Rice, beans or pasta.
  • Canned fruit
  • Peanut Butter

Please place them in the collection bins in the coat closet area of Fellowship Hall or in the Walker-Nevin Building. Donations accepted until 11/18!

Come help assemble baskets on Saturday 11/19 at 10am in the church Dining Room.

Mission Spotlight: Highlands Community Ministries

By Jim Crowley, Chair of Church in the World

 

Highlands Community Ministries (HCM) serves residents of zip codes 40204 and 40205 and is a member of the Association of Community Ministries. Supported in part by 24 local churches, including HPC, they deliver a variety of programs to our neighbors including: Individual and Family Assistance Programs (15% funded by local churches and 35% by metro-government), Adult Day Care and Health Center services, Senior Services, Children’s Day Care. HCM’s 2014 expenses were $3.14M.

 

HCM is the second largest recipient of our benevolences, behind the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery and in 2015 the Session hcm sign highlands community ministriesapproved giving HCM $22,000 (unchanged from the previous year). Highland Pres also collaborates with HCM in a
number of areas in addition to the annual Thanksgiving Basket food drives and the Angel Tree initiatives and many individuals who come to the church seeking assistance are directed to HCM. While many other community ministry programs throughout Louisville have disappeared in recent years, HCM continues to survive and thrive and that perhaps may be due to the ongoing commitment of HPC and other local churches.

 

Hunger remains a serious issue nationally and right here in Jefferson county and our own neighborhood. Based on a 2013 report by Feeding America, 17.2% of people living in Jefferson County (128,380) were considered “food insecure”. This feeding america logocompares to 15.8% nationally and 16.4% for the state of Kentucky. Feeding America defines “food insecurity” as the “[a] measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.” While poverty and food insecurity are highly correlated, research has also shown that unemployment, rather than just poverty level, is a better predictor of food scarcity.

 

Dare-to-Care is the local Feeding America affiliate in Louisville and runs the Portland Avenue Community Trust food bank and to which HPC is a regular contributor. Dare-to-Care provides further statistics around hunger and food scarcity in our immediate community. Of those seeking assistance through community food banks:

  • 75% live in poverty
  • 35% were employed during part of the last year
  • 65% of households have a member with high blood pressure
  • 41% of households have a member with diabetes
  • 64% of households have unpaid medical bills
  • 91% purchased inexpensive unhealthy food in order to feed their family Not surprisingly, this same population tends to have health issues that can be associated with limited access to enough and high quality food

 

Is there more Highland can be doing? Are their new ways Highland can be involved? Let your Church in the World Committee know if you have suggestions.

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