“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in …” Matthew 25:35 (NIV)
Fresno, Calif., -- MCC began meat-canning in 1946. Every year, MCC’s Mobile Meat Canner travels across the United States and Canada to 34 different locations where volunteers prepare cans of turkey, beef, chicken and pork. Nearly, 700,000 pounds of meat are canned each year and distributed around the world (learn more about MCC’s Moblie Meat Canner).
MCC photo/Matthew Lester
Typically, the meat canning ministry is not directly connected with the West Coast region because logistically it is impractical to bring the canner west over the Rocky Mountains. West Coast MCC supports the ministry through donations and prayers, but not in a hands-on way like in other regions. That all changed a few weeks ago when I learned that nearly 3,000 cans (4,300 pounds) of canned chicken was available for distribution in the West Coast.
MCC photo/Nathan Yoder
MCC photo/Nathan Yoder
Immediately I reached out to key leaders in Fresno and learned of a new collaborative food distribution effort in Fresno County. Bitwise, a local tech start-up company, and two local non-profits, Neighborhood Industries and Every Neighborhood Partnership, had joined up to address hunger needs caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The effort regularly provides food boxes to 750 families in mostly rural areas of Fresno County, but they found it challenging to find good protein sources for the boxes. MCC’s canned chicken helped to fill this void.
As I watched the trucks driving away from the warehouse loaded with the food boxes, it struck me that this is MCC at its best. Many people making a resource available, relationships creating partnerships, and partners working in creative, adaptive ways responding to needs and crisis. In this case, the partners included everyone from meat volunteers, donors like you, MCC staff, other non-profits, and even businesses. I’m grateful to be a part of canning this effort.
Together we pray that someday all needs for food, water and shelter will be met. Until that day, MCC continues to address hunger and poverty and their causes, both at home and around the world. Thank you for providing food to those in need through MCC!