Restore Hope With Rice and Beans

Written By Boston Avenue

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Hunger is a largely hidden crisis in our community.

By Ed Payton, Missions Facilitator

Hunger is a largely hidden crisis in our community. Yet many families struggle with empty pantries and difficult choices between food and other necessities. The Work Area on Mission (WAOM), in keeping with Boston Avenue’s Core Value of ‘Developing Mission Partnerships as Christ Love in Action’, has selected Restore Hope as one of our four FOCUS PARTNERS for 2024. Each quarter WAOM will be sponsoring a church-wide mission activity with Restore Hope.

On February 25, WAOM is sponsoring a drive to collect bags of DRY rice and DRY beans to be distributed by Restore Hope through its food pantry. When you do your grocery shopping, pick up bags of dry rice and dry beans to bring to the church on February 25. Drop the bags off at the table in Bishops’ Hall and volunteers will take them to the Food Pantry at Restore Hope for distribution.

In addition to bags of dry rice and beans, Restore Hope needs our help distributing the food at the food pantry. Before COVID, Restore Hope had 5 volunteers every day helping in their ministry offices. Today, only 2 volunteers each day come, but the need for help is greater than ever. If you are interested in being a Restore Hope volunteer, email missions@ bostonavenue.org or call 918.699.0127 for more information.

  • Receptionist: Answer phone, greet, provide general information. (Mon.-Thurs., 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., or 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • Volunteer Case Worker: Meet with clients to verify need, offer services. (Mon.-Thurs. 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • Food Pantry Worker: Prepare and distribute food orders; (Mon.-Thurs., 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • Prayer Volunteer: Listen to client concerns, offer word of hope (Mon.-Thurs., 12:30-3:30 p.m.)
  • Chapel Speaker: Offer a message of hope at chapel service (scheduled days at 11:45 a.m.)

Restore Hope is reducing hunger in Tulsa, but they need our help. Food costs have increased significantly over the past few years while sources of affordable food have diminished. Every day, one in five children in Tulsa County is undernourished. Hunger impacts every aspect of a person – body, mind, and soul. Restore Hope is committed to reducing hunger in our community. Oklahoma is one of only five states with a food insecurity rate above 14.5%. Feeding America projects that it will climb to 22.5% in the coming years.

Restore Hope Ministries was incorporated in 1978 by Tulsa area United Methodist congregations to meet the growing need for emergency assistance for families in crisis. An affiliate of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, Restore Hope continues to provide basic needs to working poor families in the Tulsa area. By providing person-to-person care throughout its programming, Restore Hope seeks to help client families regain stability and move toward economic and spiritual vitality. The three principal ministries of Restore Hope are: hunger reduction, homeless prevention, and emotional and spiritual nurture.

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