Team Old First for Hunger Awareness (make your online contribution to support our walkers here!)

Team Old First for Hunger Awareness (make your online contribution to support our walkers here!)

Old First has fine crew of walkers for the upcoming April 9th Thomas’ Walk Against Hunger at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Our walk crew involves Jan Roberts, Greta Stewart, Tony & Lisa Merlo, myself, Rev. Michael, Clark Dingman, and hopefully you too!

We are excited to take part in this event to connect with others concerned with the growing number of those dependent on agencies and social programs for food. The Walk Against Hunger is a united front supported by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

This cause raises awareness that families and individuals don’t have the necessary income to pay bills and buy groceries. At the recent Episcopal Community Service’s conference on Outreach and Partnerships, a website called was used to describe a reality some folks face on a limited budget. The scenario was not the American dream of an abundant banquet of delicious food, but constant shortcomings… painful scenarios about how far one can stretch a dollar to make ends meet.

For me, the walk represents the opportune time to casually talk about what we love about food. The memories of fresh baked cookies, or that one meal that grandma would make to draw the family close on Sundays. This year’s walk is a simple unified movement to share with others a commonality undefeated by race, color, or creed: Food is necessary for growth.

Food was used in Bible as a means to display equality among gender and race; food is used in many cultures to unite people and their traditions and oral stories, and food should be used a tool for growth and building better tomorrows. So please join us in this movement to make food a reason for growth, and not worry.

If you’d like to join Team Old First on Saturday, April 9th at the Art Museum, please contact John Owens at

If you want to support Team Old First in their walking, you can make a clearly marked donation through the offering or to the church office, or simply make a contribution online. Thanks for your prayers, involvement and support.

Thank you,
John Owens, Program Assistant & Interim Outreach Minister