Missions: Hunger

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. The local affiliate is called Second Harvest Partners, which is comprised of 29-30 congregations in York and Lancaster Counties.

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Nutrition Center

This program, which meets in Unity Hall, provides a hot meal and companionship to the elderly in our community who are in need. Volunteers are needed to help with the home-delivered meals on a weekly or substitute basis and to lead activities. Volunteers are also needed to make nightly bakery pick-ups, which involves picking up “overages” at a local bakery and dropping them off at the Nutrition Center a few nights per week. Donations to be used as Bingo prizes are welcome also!

For more information about our Nutrition Center, please contact Steve Hardy or Anne Weeks by sending an email to Outreach.

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Dimes for Hunger

This is a Presbytery-sponsored program to raise money for hunger programs in Honduras, Guatemala, and in our 5-county presbytery. Unity’s fall program encourages individuals to give one dime per meal for one month. Members are needed to help with publicity within the church, attend the kick-off event in Rock Hill, and to be a part of this event.

Dimes for Hunger strives to meet the needs of the poor in our community and around the world. This annual Presbytery-Wide program often kicks off in the fall and continues through the spring as members of our churches generously deposit a dime into their Dimes for Hunger bank each time they eat a meal. With the needs in our community greater than at any other time since the Great Depression, the Presbyterian Churches of Chester, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union and York Counties stand ready to share what we are able.

For more information about our Nutrition Center, please contact Steve Hardy or Anne Weeks by sending an email to Outreach.

More information on Unity's Dimes for Hunger

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Crop Walk

This event, either a 6.2-mile walk or a 1-mile walk, takes place in October each year to raise money for hunger programs for Church World Service. Twenty-five percent of the money raised in York County stays in the county for ongoing programs. Unity has repeatedly had the highest number of walkers and raised more money than the other Crop Walk groups. It’s good for your soles, too!

A Coordinator is needed to plan for church participation – represent Unity at the Eastern York County Crop Walk meetings. Also needed are members to handle publicity for the walk and coordinate sign-ups for interested walkers and donors.

For more information about our Nutrition Center, please contact Steve Hardy or Anne Weeks by sending an email to Outreach.

More information on the Crop Hunger Walk website.

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Sharing God's Bounty (Formerly Thanksgiving Cornucopia)

This food drive in October benefits the Fort Mill Care Center with much needed food donations. 

To ensure that the Fort Mill Care Center has enough food to get to families by Thanksgiving, we are collecting food a little earlier this year. We have also changed the name from Thanksgiving Cornucopia to Sharing God’s Bounty, but the concept is the same. We will be collecting can goods and non- perishable items this year beginning in early October. The final collection date and display will be on Sunday, October 30. Watch for further updates for food collection.

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Beginning on September 4, 2016, members of Unity will have many ways to share their blessings to those who need food.

Dimes for Hunger—September 4 to October 2 

Together through our Dimes for Hunger offering on Sunday, October 2, we gave $3,595 to feed hungry people, both locally and in Central America.  If you have been intending to support this ministry but have not gotten around to it, it’s not too late to do so. Please write a check to our church and note that it is for Dimes for Hunger.

Second Harvest—October 26
We will join members of Jerusalem Baptist Church on Steele Street to give out food from Second Harvest.

Sharing God's Bounty (formerly Thanksgiving Cornucopia)—October 30
By collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for the Fort Mill Care Center early this year, they can be sure clients have them for Thanksgiving.

CROP Hunger Walk—November 6
Get pledges (raise your age!) and walk 3.2 miles on a route in Rock Hill with your friends and hundreds of others. 25% of the total raised in this Church World Service sponsored event stays in York County. Our nutrition center at Unity and the Fort Mill Care Center also benefit.

Thornwell Offering—November 20
The Thornwell Home for Children serves abused, abandoned, and neglected children in SC, GA, and FL. The children live at Thornwell in a family like setting in residential cottages with 8 children in each, along with professional caregivers. They learn how to value themselves and their families, and are assisted with their academic studies as well as social skills, values, and morals. Unity’s offering helps support this important ministry.

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