|Hanh Nguyen and Rev. Daniel Gutierrez|
The meeting was organized by the newly formed Interfaith Hunger Coalition, and a goal was to create a space for people of faith to offer ideas and proposals on how we could work together to address hunger. Check out our new Facebook page.
Some of those in the room were pastors and rabbis and others were representatives of agencies like CatholicCharities, but the vast majority were people who sit in the pews, chair mission committees, volunteer at food pantries, work in the community, support community gardens and are involved in many more activities to help people directly. There were also a few children and families and retired individuals..
Many Congregations Represented
|Rev. Trey Hammond, La Mesa Presbyterian Church|
They came from many faith communities La Mesa Presbyterian Church, East Central Ministries, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Congregation Albert, Holy Family Catholic Church, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, All Saints Lutheran Church, First Congregational Church, Albuquerque Mennonite Church, Congregation B'nai Israel, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Central United Methodist Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, Community of Hope, Annunciation Catholic Church, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Aquinas Newman Center Catholic Church, among others.
|From Ruth Hoffman's powerpoint|
Then three experts offered the big picture of hunger in New Mexico. Ruth Hoffman from the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico; Nancy Pope, founder of the Collaboration to End Hunger and consultant for Share Our Strength; and Kathy Komoll of the New Mexico Association of Food Banks offered some perspectives and background on the circumstances that have contributed to a high level of food insecurity in our state.
|Bayla Brookins, Rachel Brookins, Congregation Albert|
|Andy Najar, B.J. Jones, Catholic Charities|
|Rev. Donna McNiel, New Mexico Conference of Churches, chats with a participant|
|Deacon Santos Abeyta, Holy Family Catholic Church|
|Nancy Pope chats with Kathy Komoll|
|Rabbi Arthur Flicker of B'nai Israel offered the closing prayer|