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Help feed hungry children this holiday season

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of Mountain Park Church have founded Take Action INC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding children suffering from food insecurity. You can help them fill weekend backpacks with food this holiday season.

Imagine putting your children to bed hungry. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many Oregon families. Oregon has one of the highest childhood hunger rates in the nation.

While conducting a food drive about five years ago, members of Mountain Park Church learned there were children in North Portland who spent weekends in homes with little or no food. On Fridays these children would load up pockets with food from the school hot lunch to take home for the weekend. Church members noted that medical professionals stated that children suffering from food insecurity are at risk for delayed mental, physical and emotional development. Without proper nutrition, children may experience lifelong disabilities. They also noted that teachers and school counselors reported that children display anxiety before holiday breaks, knowing they will go hungry.

With the support of MPC, members Janet and Michael Huber started Take Action INC (In the Name of Christ), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting childhood hunger. Take Action INC has made it its mission to provide weekend food to as many food insecure children as possible. They started that first year by collecting food to fill weekend backpacks for students at Sitton Elementary in North Portland. MPC has learned that a major support to the Tigard Tualatin School District’s backpack food program has dissolved and with the holidays just around the corner, Take Action INC is collecting food for holiday boxes to be distributed for Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. The boxes will include a holiday meal for the family and food to tide them over until the children can return to the regular breakfast and lunch programs when school resumes.

Take Action INC, along with several other churches in Tigard and Tualatin and Tigard Tualatin schools, will provide food backpacks for approximately 350 students in eight Tigard schools. In all, Take Action INC fully supports 14 area schools and another 13 in partnership with other agencies and churches.

“God continues to provide in amazing ways as we work to feed His children,” Janet Huber said. “It has been a wonderful experience to see the lives of over 1,200 children positively impacted by this outreach. This is all possible because of the tremendous support we receive from generous businesses, community organizations, churches, individual donors and the loving support of principals, teachers, counselors and volunteers at 27 schools.”

“One of the most important ways the church can show God’s love is the way Jesus did,” said Gregg Borror, senior pastor at MPC. “Make sure hungry children have food, oppressed people are released and the sick find health. That’s part of why we love Take Action INC.”

To learn more about Take Action INC or make a donation visit takeactioninc.org. To learn more about Mountain Park Church visit mtnparkchurch.org or call the church office at 503-635-3443.

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