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$600K for a food bank distribution center??

December 21, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I heard this on an AM station today from the Waterloo area. They are applying for a $600 federal grant to build a distribution center for the local food bank. I just want to know why we even need food banks with all the current welfare available out there. Who is eating all this food and why are the cupboards always bare and the food banks constantly in need of more food. Last I knew, we had an obesity problem in this country. This is not reconciling in my mind. Someone please educate me on this. Thank you.

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  1. Matt Canfield
    February 9, 2011 at 22:54

    The poor, in their seemingly never ending poverty, provide us with an opportunity for kindness. We have a chance to be the hands of Jesus to some one. It can be an honor to serve these people who are in the humbling position of being unable (for what ever possibly self inflicted reason) to provide food for themselves.
    When the woman pours perfumed oil on Jesus in Mark 14:7 He says ” The poor you will always have with you,[a] and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.”
    This moment is actually mentioned in 3 of the 4 gospels so it is significant.
    I found a decent commentary at biblegateway.
    Jesus’ statement in verse 8, You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me, must be understood in its context both within Judaism and salvation history. On one level Jesus is simply reminding Judas and the others of priorities as understood within Judaism. He is alluding to the Scripture “There will always be poor people in the land” (Deut 15:11) and perhaps also to the notion that acts of kindness, such as burial, are higher than works of charity, which would include giving alms to the poor (b. Sukka 49b). This view is based, in part, on the fact that kindness can be shown to the living and the dead (through funerals and burials), whereas charity can only be shown to the living (cf. Brown 1966:449; Barrett 1978:415). So the fact that Jesus is about to die (cf. 12:35-36) justifies Mary’s action. But on another level, the identity of Jesus also justifies this action. In the Synoptics even the burying of one’s father is put second to responding to Jesus and the call of the kingdom (Mt 8:22 par. Lk 9:60). So this anointing also makes sense given who Jesus is and the awesome events unfolding in salvation history.

    Care for the poor is a sacred duty because it is the concern of God’s own heart. Those who share in his life will share in his concern for the poor and will act appropriately as he guides. This diversion of funds from the poor for the sake of Jesus’ burial implies that there are times for such exceptional use of funds. But it also implies that the funds would usually go to the poor and that this is the proper thing to do. John’s “suggestion that Judas did not care about the poor (v. 6) has implied in passing that Christians should care” (Michaels 1989:218).

    • Chad
      February 10, 2011 at 04:18

      I get the message of helping the least of these. My point which I failed to make very clear is that I think people are gaming the system. We throw all this money around with good intentions and people too lazy to take care of their own welfare just jump in line and fill up the bag. It did not used to be this way. People used to feel shame at having to use food stamps. Now it’s a debit card.

  2. Matt Canfield
    February 10, 2011 at 00:56

    I failed to comment on the $600,000. That’s just nuts. You could buy an old house in Waterloo for about $70,000 throw some tables and chairs in the living and dining rooms and you’re up and running. You could even update the kitchen and still come in under $100k.

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