The Golden Beet Award

Holly Guncheon, one of the original promoters of creating a Giving Garden at Epiphany, proudly shows off the Golden Beet Award.
Holly Guncheon, one of the original promoters of creating a Giving Garden at Epiphany, proudly shows off the Golden Beet Award.

They were just beaming with pride, and deservedly so. This last Sunday I was blessed to present Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth with the Golden Beet award.

The award is part of Minnesota Food Share’s Harvest Campaign. Over the summer, Minnesota Food Share invited congregations and individuals to donate fresh homegrown produce to a food shelf near them and report how many pounds of fresh produce they donated between August 15 and September 30. Over the summer, Epiphany’s Community Giving Garden produced almost 800 pounds of vegetables, 440 of which were harvested between August 15 and September 30.

This is just another great example of our commitment across ECMN to end hunger in Minnesota. Consistently as I make my way to different faith communities, I am made aware of a myriad of creative ways folks are partnering with others in their neighborhoods to end hunger. Likewise, I have had a number of conversations with leaders from other faith traditions and community organizations expressing their desire to join us in making sure not even one Minnesotan goes hungry.

This Thanksgiving, many of us will be blessed to be not only surrounded by family and friends, but by a bounty of food. I would like to encourage each of us to make a tangible effort to make sure that others in Minnesota are enjoying the same. The opportunities to do so are endless.

And when our dear ones have returned home, and we are enjoying leftovers and feeling full, blessed, and thankful, I invite us to take a moment and imagine how we could make a long term, sustainable commitment in our own way to end hunger in Minnesota. We can do this. Every person who dedicates their lives every day to ending hunger in Minnesota believes this is indeed a solvable situation.

May God bless you with a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Let’s keep up the great work, already well underway, to make sure all experience the same blessing.

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