Friendsgiving comes to Lipscomb

Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are well known for their food and festivities, but we often take that for granted. Here in our own little world we focus on all the fun that we get to have while there are some people out there who not only aren’t invited to the holiday parties but miss out on meals daily.

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Food helps tie all of life together. It is necessary to mind and body functions, obviously, but it also has spiritual impact.

Jesus worked miracles with food. For example feeding the 5000, turning water into wine, the disciples large catch of fish, etc.

He is also found eating with others many times whether they are friends, family, or tax collectors and sinners.

Jesus even is the food and the drink. He is our life-giving thing that can heal better than anything we can actually ingest. He preaches multiple times on being the bread of life and living water. We take communion in remembrance of Him as the broken bread and poured out wine.

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Food gives us what we need to be able to focus, thrive, and have abundant life. I can’t imagine my life without this opportunity to be filled each day and often enjoy it with friends and family. That’s why I love festivities like that!

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Back to those who don’t get this. It is so simple to actually do something to help them. We spend (myself so guilty) lots of money on our food and drinks when it really is not worth that much. (Do you really think it took $5 to get that bread and cheese for your grilled cheese sandwich? A whole loaf of bread can be less than $2.) So the real impact of just a couple dollars can go a long way in feeding people in need. That’s why each year No Kid Hungry has a campaign called Friendsgiving where we can do what we love with people that we love while also helping those in need. Through this fundraiser, just $1 can help provide up to $10 meals.

That’s why this year I am hosting a friendsgiving right here on Lipscomb’s campus this Thursday, November 3rd in the Elam lobby from 4-6pm. Any and everyone is welcome even if you want to just drop by for a minute! We will also have some food and be showing the Great Pumpkin and Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

You can also give online at our “team page” through December 31st. I am so pumped and hope you all can help!

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Share our Supper

If you know much about me, you know I love food. I love to eat it, cook it, explore new places to find it, share it, give it, serve it, you name it. I’ve done blog posts on it many times, Instagram photos of it every week or so, write tweets, enter all kinds of contests (and sometimes win), have parties to cook and eat, find new recipes and sign up for email lists and rewards.

Because I do love food so much, it is a great way for me to serve God. He wants us to use the things we enjoy to bring Him joy, too. Like I said in a previous postΒ on this blog, meals are a great time to fellowship with others as well. My mom works in the office at an elementary school, and she comes home with some of the saddest stories. Many kids eat all they can at school in the cafeteria because they know that they probably won’t get another meal until they come back the next day. They’re so hungry and can’t do anything about it. Over longer breaks like weekends and holidays, that’s even longer to go with little to no food. Knowing these personal stories and considering how much this simple aspect of life is so important both mentally and physically, it draws me to feel compassion for them.

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Many people, especially younger children, don’t talk about this home situation, so many of us may not even realize that someone close to us may be suffering. Hunger is something very real in every community. Though we live in Nashville, a seemingly “fancy” place to live, there are hungry people around every corner, maybe even on yours.
2016-09-19-18-01-37Here at school, we have an awesome cafeteria with great food and so many options every day. Their health score is posted on the wall as being a 100, and I believe it. As part of complying with health regulations, they are required to dispose of almost every bit of leftover food at the end of the day. Most people don’t know this nor do they realize how much food is left each day. It’s an enormous amount. Imagine how many people this food could help. Well, that’s what a group of students did in recent years. Lipscomb now has a club called Share Our Supper that works with the cafeteria to collect leftover food twice a week to take to the Nashville Food Project.Β We get the food from the caf, load it in a car and drive to NFP, weigh and record the amounts of food, and that’s it! So simple and so beneficial. The organization takes all the food they receive and redistributes it to other organizations and people in the area who are in need of food.

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This organization is located on Hillsboro Pike, a central, easy-to-locate place. They take donations from anyone as well as grow their own food in a garden in behind the building. All they receive is used to benefit those living here in Nashville. Volunteers are always welcome! Their website provides great information about all they do and how you can contact them and get involved. If you would like to be involved with Share Our Supper, contact Sarah Wagner at sjwagner@mail.lipscomb.edu.

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Other than the food collection and delivery, we also lead other projects on campus such as the End it with Orange campaign and food drive, where one week we collected canned foods partnering with No Kid Hungry. We also plan to host a dinner for some of the school faculty and cafeteria workers, among other things.