According to the Center On Policy Initiatives (CPI), a nonprofit research and action institute, 15 percent of San Diego County residents lived in poverty as of 2012. In addition to this shocking percentage, 230,000 low-income children stop receiving free school meals over the summer forcing many families to turn to the Food Bank for relief. For this season of need, Rock Church will be collecting as much food as possible during the month of April; the goal is to provide 20,000 meals for those citizens hungry for hope.
“Many parents will struggle to feed their children three meals a day when they are out of school and no longer receiving free school breakfast and lunch,” said Food Bank CEO James Floros. As these struggling families frantically turn to the Food Bank once summer approaches, “Rock Church’s food drive will help prepare for this annual spike in demand.”
This initiative is part of Rock Church's community outreach campaign, bringing people together to address human needs and transform lives in San Diego and throughout the rest of the world. The vision for 2014 is to continue to provide Pervasive Hope throughout the community.
“I really want to encourage people to give to the Food Bank because in San Diego 19.8 percent of the kids live under the poverty line,” said Senior Pastor Miles Mcpherson of Rock Church. “Last year we had hundreds of volunteers bagging up thousands of bags of food, and you could really see God’s glory in each of them.”
Pastor McPherson strongly believes in establishing Pervasive Hope, and giving to families in need is an amazing way to carry on this campaign. This is the sixth year Rock Church has organized a church-wide food drive on behalf of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which currently feeds over 350,000 people per month. Rock Church is currently registered as a Food Bank nonprofit partner and works with the Food Bank through its hunger relief ministries.
About the San Diego Food Bank
Established in 1977, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of government programs and partnerships with over 350 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank is a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. In the fiscal year 2010-2011, the Food Bank distributed more than 20 million pounds of food to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Visit the Food Bank at www.sandiegofoodbank.org
ABOUT THE ROCK
The Rock is San Diego’s largest church and the 29th largest church in the nation according to Outreach Magazine’s 2013 “America’s Fastest-Growing and Largest Outreach 100 Churches” survey. It was started in 2000 by Pastor Miles McPherson, a former NFL player. Over 12,500 people attend the Rock’s five Sunday services.
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