Catholic Sisters Week: you acted for food insecurity

03/04/2021 10:45 am

FSPA takes action for food insecurity

In the spirit of Catholic Sisters Week, March 8 - 14, 2021, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration joined a collaborative effort to serve persons in need and bring much needed awareness to the current increase in food insecurity. FSPA accepted this call to action presented by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. And 32 partners in mission joined us by taking the pledge! 

Catholic Sisters Week: Challenge to End Hunger

Pledge Results

32 partners pledged (4 sisters, 7 staff, 11 affiliates, 8 prayer partners and 2 friends)

Actions (you could select more than one):
Donate food to local food pantries (19 committed 205 pounds of food)
Give a financial gift to an organization (16 committed $2630)
Volunteer with a food bank (4 committed to more than 25 hours)
Provide a meal to someone in need (8)
Fast and pray (14)
Track food waste (6)
Share resources and information (5)

Congratulations to affiliate Madalene Buelow, winner of the $50 donation. Madalene requested the gift be sent to WAFER in La Crosse.

About The Effort

“We’re acting in four specific ways,” says Sister Eileen McKenzie, FSPA President. “We’re partnering with Logan Northside Neighborhood Association to bring a new community garden to La Crosse, Wisconsin; we’re partnering with Place of Grace Catholic Worker House, also in La Crosse; we’re acting in Spokane, Washington, at Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen; and, we’ve invited our partners in mission to take our pledge to act for hunger.”

FSPA’s new initiative, Seeding a Legacy of Healing, has invested $55,000 in the garden project. It will serve to build access to healthy local food sources by creating a culture of multigenerational learning through gardening for stronger community resilience. Organizers summarize the initial goals to:

• Create a garden space for youth, families and neighbors living on the northside of La Crosse — a place of community pride and ownership. 
• Provide a space for learning and creativity with people of all ages and all abilities, that encourages healthy people and a healthy planet.
• Provide healthy, local food sources for youth, families and neighbors led by neighbors. 

Project organizers are working to secure a land-use agreement in the hopes of planting in the spring. 

At Place of Grace Catholic Worker House, FSPA’s $1,000 investment is supporting the organization’s efforts to provide meals creatively in COVID-19 times. “While we’re not able to host meals in our house due to the virus, we’ve been packaging and delivering meals to Cameron Park and now to Econo Lodge, La Crosse’s temporary COVID shelter,” says Myra Jansky, house coordinator at Place of Grace. “The Econo Lodge requests meals for 60 people.” 

On the West coast, Sister Kathy Roberg, who lives in Spokane, Washington, continues to volunteer at the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen. “We continue supporting our community during COVID-19,” says Sister Kathy. “We’re distributing healthy meals curbside from our restaurant and at other nonprofit organizations, such as the YWCA, Catholic Charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities and many others at no cost to those agencies and their program participants.”  

There is a current increase in food insecurity due to underlying causes including COVID-19, poverty, unemployment/under employment and inconsistent access to healthy food. Our neighbors are hurting. Let’s step up to meet their need. 

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The Northside Community Garden’s Seeding a Legacy of Healing grant team researched this data on the need for access to healthy food

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