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Durham, N.C. 27701-3102
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Tues., Oct. 20, 11:45 A.M.
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Events & Opportunities


CELEBRATE WORLD FOOD DAY (Oct. 16) During Week Ending ON OCTOBER 17!

Post your actions to end hunger on Facebook’s event “Celebrate World Food Day.”

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12:00-5:00 pm – FOOD DRIVE COLLECTION at Durham Lion’s Club, 1850 Hillandale Road, Durham, NC 27705. Individuals, congregations and other organizations can bring donations of non-perishable food.

Thursday, Oct. 15 – The Empty Plate:  As a way to help children focus on the problem of hunger, some families will set out an extra plate at their dinner table, and not serve food on that plate.  In returning thanks for their meal, family members will hold in their hearts the hungry of the world– whose plates are too often empty.

End Hunger Durham – Action Group Roundup, Thursday, Oct. 15th:  Meet with community stakeholders and organizers to strategize and plan how to make healthy food accessible to everyone in Durham. At 6:15 – networking; at 6:30 – meet with Action Groups working with food pantries, food policy, food preservation, community and school gardens, and more. Contact Betsy Crites at bcrites@sonic.net for more details.

Friday, Oct. 16  – WORLD FOOD DAY FAST: Fast from one or more meals during the day, and donate the cost of the meal(s) you would have eaten to the Durham CROP Hunger Walk (click the “Donate” button on durhamcropwalk.org, or send a check payable to “CROP Walk” to DCIA, 504 W. Chapel Hill, Durham, NC 27701). Read on fasting in different spiritual traditions here, and practical suggestions for fasting here.

Friday, Oct. 16, 4:30-6:00 pm – WORLD FOOD DAY Offering of Letters to Congress, Duke Memorial United Methodist Church (504 W. Chapel Hill St. – come to the rear church entrance on Memorial St., under the GREEN “Welcome” canopy) – Enjoy a cup of coffee while you write a Letter to Congress requesting their support for food and nutrition services for the hungry, especially for hungry children and infants.  One in five American children lives in a family that struggles to put food on the table. Bread for the World will provide postcards, congressional addresses and pens

Saturday, Oct. 17 – SOCIETY OF ST ANDREW Gleaning Day: The Society of St. Andrew’s “Yam Jam” is the annual sweet potato gleaning, spanning 4 Saturdays in October. Last year, 1,100 volunteers gleaned over 75,000 pounds of sweet potatoes from 6 fields! The sweet potatoes get distributed to feeding agencies all over the state of North Carolina. This year, we are hoping to glean more than ever to provide for our neighbors in need.  Register for Oct. 17 at endhunger.org/nc-yam-jam, and watch for an email the Tuesday before your gleaning date(s) for general information, and another email on the Friday before your gleaning date(s) for the exact location of the field. We will not know the exact field locations until the week of each event!

Our Mission

Durham Congregations in Action is a cooperative, multi-faith network offering care and support for the most vulnerable and forgotten in our community, and planting seeds in new initiatives to change lives in Durham. Its mission is to bring together congregations to promote understanding across boundaries of faith, race and ethnicity and build an inclusive community  of justice and peace.

Our Affirmation

In a spirit of reconciliation and with gratitude for the gift of diversity, DCIA seeks to engage and empower people of faith to create a community of justice and peace through our common prayers and acts of compassion; and with prophetic courage to act as advocates for the dignity and well-being of all persons, recognizing that behind every human face is the face of God.