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A challenge to do more

December 11, 2012

Hunger Action Enabler Jessica Fitzgerald loads her truck with clothing as well as health, food, and baby kits for Eastern Short migrant workers.

Hunger Action Enabler Jessica Fitzgerald loads her truck with clothing as well as health, food, and baby kits for Eastern Short migrant workers.

Presbytery of Eastern Virginia

They bring food to our tables but are not invited to the feast.

Every year, about 5,500 migrant farm workers arrive on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in April and stay through the fall. They work 10 to 12 hours a day, seven days a week in the fields during the hottest months of the year. They are the backbone of the agricultural community. Yet they live in poverty and isolation.

Area congregations have long worked to help these farm workers, but in January 2012 the presbytery’s hunger action enabler challenged the faithful to do more.

Jessica Fitzgerald asked each congregation to reach out to one migrant-worker family. The goal was to provide each family with a health kit, a food kit, and a baby kit.

Find out how many families the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia was able to help. Get the full story in the 2013 Mission Yearbook. Order yours now.

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