Yesterday, for the first time ever, I visited the Heart-n-Soul Community Cafe in Fargo, North Dakota. The food was amazing. Thanks, Food of the North! I can’t recommend it highly enough. Please check it out, pay what you can, and support local food for everyone.

When a life that’s full of problems might seem like all that you’ve got, its
Even worse when your own stomach is as empty as your pockets.

It doesn’t seem easy to find a place for breaking bread
When you’re broke and you’ve got your own family that needs to get fed.

But if you ever enter into heart and soul you find
A place where they’ll feed more than just your body and your mind.
They do their part to give the peace that makes us feel whole
And all it takes is a little heart and soul.

With heart and soul
All are welcome at the table.
With heart and soul
You get more than what you need.
You just give a little bit
Of whatever you are able.
And you’ll get a square meal
That will make you feel whole.
All it takes is a little heart and soul.

Lunch Aid

I can’t speak from experience about going hungry. I’ve never really reflected on that as much as I have over the last few weeks. I am grateful for all the resources that our communities, churches, and schools provide to address this problem, but it feels like we are still failing.

School lunches are provided at a reasonable price, and some students have access to reduced price, or even free lunches. However, there are some who still are unable to cover that cost. And when that happens, they either go hungry, or go into debt.

Lunch Aid is benefit concert to address this problem and raise money to eliminate the lunch debt owed by students in Fargo. When I heard about this benefit, I felt like I needed to know more and find a way to help.

But helping isn’t just throwing money at a problem and hoping that it doesn’t return. Helping means looking at what we can do to support these students in every way possible so they grow up knowing this is a city that has their back. Because these are all our children.

See you all on September 15th, 4-7pm at Sanctuary.