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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:00 am

I was interested in the article in the July 16 News-Sentinel, “Sacramento artist creates ceramic bowls to feed the hungry,” about the potter who made 1,000 bowls to feed the hungry. I want to remind Lodians that we also have a program right here in Lodi.

On the third Saturday of each month, Ebenezer Congregational Church hosts Bread of Life. Bread of Life is supported by this church by donating the distribution area. Faith Community Church and Bethel Bible Church provide volunteers to unload, pack and distribute food. Three to five bags of groceries are given out each month to approximately 200 families who have trouble making food last a whole month on low wages or food stamps. Some who receive the food will take it upon themselves to help.

Not only is food given away, but there is a little clothing donated. Usually a meal is served while the people wait for the truck bearing the groceries to arrive. It is usually oatmeal, pancakes, chili or hot dogs. There is always coffee served and sometimes juices, but there is always something.

This last weekend, Pastor Scott Hubbard of Faith Community put out a call to his church for volunteers for Bread of Life. I am asking our Lodi community to get involved as well. If you need groceries yourself, take a number. I do.

Barbara D. Sefried


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  • Patricia Sommer posted at 12:41 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Patriciann Posts: 2

    I enjoyed reading this so very much -- ((hugs)) to all of you.
    :-) Patricia

  • Dean Tiernan posted at 8:47 pm on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

    Dean Tiernan Posts: 18

    Let's not overlook the other programs to feed the hungry in Lodi. The Salvation Army distributes food Tues - Thurs every week at the community center on Lockeford Street. Here are a number of resources. http://lodihelp.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/hello-world/

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:21 am on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

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    Ms. Siefred, as an active board member of our local homeless outreach group, A HAND UP, I very well agree with your statement concerning our residents and businesses and churches here in Lodi to continue to help in our plight against homelessness to also ensure that our own struggling people here in Lodi should be our main targets of our food and human development resources here in our own little town, where homelessness runs rampant and jobs are few. Thanks to people like yourself and Pastor Bill Mastro from Ebenezer church, along with many other local groups, are making a difference in Lodi in the community where those who needs some extra help mostly reside. Keep up the good work Pastor Bill!


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