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Sherwood, oregon in the nineties and early 2000’s had a lot of hungry people. HUD housing and section 8 apartments neighbored subdivisions with $400,000 custom homes that somehow all looked the same. These neighbored working farms, some of which had century farmhouses, next to hobby farms with mansions, next to run-down trailers, next to migrant farmer shacks. There was a wide range of economic realities in our ways to make money on the internet small town, but one experience united all of us kids; honey and peanut butter sandwiches. You see, at my public school, no one ever went hungry. If you forgot to bring your lunch, or lunch money, or if you were waiting for the paperwork to clear ways to make money on the internet for the free lunch program, our lunch ladies always had massive jars of honey and ways to make money on the internet peanut butter, and whole grain bread. All of us, at some point, ate one of those sandwiches. We all knew the taste of lean times, of families pushed to the brink. To this day, that taste combination is associated by my classmates with lean ways to make money on the internet times, be it of families struggling financially, or overwhelmed by work and forgetting to pack or pay ways to make money on the internet for a lunch.

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The hiding of hunger has led to a false sense ways to make money on the internet among many of us that hunger is a problem “over there,” in foreign countries destabilized by violence and famine. And while it is true that we desperately need to ways to make money on the internet help eradicate global hunger, scripture reminds us of how vital it is to practice ways to make money on the internet hospitality to those hungry in our midst. Because when we bring the homeless poor into our homes ways to make money on the internet and synagogues, mosques, and churches, when we physically share our food with those who don’t have their daily bread, something changes. We can’t look away as easily. That’s one of the reasons our muslim siblings fast during ways to make money on the internet ramadan; during this holy month, fasting from food and water while the sun is up ways to make money on the internet is an act of solidarity. Muslims give 2.5% of their income to charity, and often the vast majority of that is given during ways to make money on the internet ramadan when folks are experiencing what hunger is.

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At towson presbyterian church, after worship each week, they have a unique hospitality hour. Each week, lunch is served from 12:00—1:00 PM in thompson hall for anyone in the community ways to make money on the internet who is hungry. Teams from the congregation cook a meal, and provide salad, milk, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for guests who would ways to make money on the internet like to take with them. These intergenerational teams often include folks who entertain with piano ways to make money on the internet or guitar music or play a game of chess, and after serving lunch, volunteers make a plate for themselves and sit with their ways to make money on the internet guests for conversation and build relationships.

The people of god were called to know their hungry ways to make money on the internet neighbors and break every yoke of oppression however they could. As we advocate for federal programs to eradicate international hunger, let us also remember how close to home the need ways to make money on the internet is for creative solutions, for well-paying jobs, effective public transportation so that people can afford the time ways to make money on the internet and energy to cook for their families, and the need for food stamps to be adequately funded ways to make money on the internet so that our local grocers can stay in business, while hungry families can have access to healthy food that ways to make money on the internet provides adequate nutrition.

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