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Hands4NY takes on hunger

Hands4NY is an initiative of the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, aiming to feed one million people in New York state between June of 2011 and June of 2012. Trinity United Methodist in Clay is helping out with a food drive Oct. 15 and 16.

Hands4NY is an initiative of the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, aiming to feed one million people in New York state between June of 2011 and June of 2012. Trinity United Methodist in Clay is helping out with a food drive Oct. 15 and 16.

— Cathy Bryant of Liverpool has seen firsthand the growing number of hungry in Central New York.

“I work at a pantry in the city, and I’ve noticed a steady increase in the number of people we serve,” Bryant said. “There are hungry people in this country. As many blessings as we have, no one should go hungry. We tend to focus abroad, and it’s not that we shouldn’t, but we can’t overlook what’s happening in our own little piece of the world.”

That’s why Bryant and Trinity United Methodist Church on Morgan Road in Clay are participating in the United Methodist Church’s Hands4NY event, an effort to feed one million New Yorkers between June of 2011 and June of 2012.

“Hands4NY is an year-long project by the Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church to take a stance against hunger in our local communities,” said Rebecca Kohler, marketing associate for the conference. “On Oct 15 and 16, we are having Impact Day events all over Upstate New York that will help feed thousands of people in our communities.”

Kohler said the idea came from an effort to better align the mission of the church with its actual, practical efforts.

“This idea came about as we examined who we are as a people,” she said. “The Upper New York Annual Conference was created in 2010 and we wanted to live into our vision and mission ‘to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God's love with our neighbors in all places.’ In partnership with our international general agency United Methodist Communications, the Hands4NY project was born.”

It seemed natural to make Oct. 15 and 16 Impact Day, as that is the day when many churches and other organizations across the region will be taking part in CROP Walks to raise money and awareness for world hunger. Here in the north suburbs, walks will be taking place at 12:30 p.m. at Oneida Shores and 1 p.m. at the Salt Museum at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool.

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