Food network needs members

A grassroots effort to ensure everyone in Vernon  has something to eat is looking for new members.

A number of churches and social agencies formed the Emergency Food Action Network in 2012 to address the issue of hunger in the community.

“Our faith group participation has dwindled down to three so we’re encouraging others to join us,” said Joanna Rainer, with the network and a Trinity United Church member.

“We’ve really learned a lot about the issue of hunger. There are a lot of issues that need to be addressed that fit into hunger, such as the minimum wage, the lack of affordable housing and a lack of job skills.”

The network meets every two months — in April and October.

“Participation can be as simple as sitting at the meeting and passing information on to your congregation,” said Rainer, adding that in the case of Trinity United Church, it collects food for the food bank and has provided facilities for a canning workshop.

“You can be as involved as you want to be. The idea of coming together is there will be partnerships formed. It’s not just a Christian-based initiative.”

The next meeting of the Emergency Food Action Network is April 10 at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church.

For more information, call Trinity at 250-545-0797 and leave a message for Rainer.


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