Interfaith Effort Boosts Awareness of Hunger

June 9, 2007

Author: David Yonke

Source: The Toledo Blade

Representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Islam, and Christianity - are cooking up a plan to alleviate hunger in northwest Ohio.

An interfaith program titled "The Face of Hunger Will Surprise You," to be held Thursday night at Toledo's St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, seeks to boost awareness of hunger in the local community as well as raise money and bring in food donations for the cause.

Charlotte Boyd, administrative coordinator at St. Martin de Porres, said the central city church has seen a growing demand for meals and groceries lately at its food bank and Claver House soup kitchen.

"More and more families are needing assistance with food," Ms. Boyd said. "When I come into work here in the morning, I see guys waiting to go into the Claver House or they have already eaten and it's so humbling. But for the good grace of God, there go I. Each and every one of us could be one paycheck away from being hungry and homeless."