For many congregations, linking up with Madison-area schools covers a wide range of activities. For some, it also involves providing food through a network of food pantries that serves low-income families.
All of those connections came together on Nov. 19 as representatives of a range of congregations gathered as the Collaboration Project’s Church + Schools affinity group at the Madison Church of Christ on Fish Hatchery Road.
One focus looking ahead is on food. This is already something many churches are involved in providing schools and something that holds a possibility for great collaboration over the next two months.
All of this provided a context for Jon Anderson, executive director of the Collaboration Project, to talk about the Collaboration Collection. This is an invitation to congregations to gather a specific list of items for the Food for Success school food pantries between now and the end of January. Then on January 30, volunteers from the congregations will gather at Cherokee Middle School to sort and pack all the donated food items.
Anderson described this as “a tangible outlet for collaboration” among churches to serve the community. By timing the food drive to conclude at the end of January, it will provide food to the pantries at one of the times in the year when it is needed most.