Temple UMC: Feeding the hungry in San Francisco and across the UMC connection

December 29, 2022 | by Selby Ewing

Temple UMC: Feeding the hungry in San Francisco and across the UMC connection

Temple UMC friends and volunteers gather for Walk-A-Thon.

"Everyone ate until they were full. The disciples collected 7 baskets of leftovers." Matthew 15:37

This scripture leads a recent newsletter from Temple UMC San Francisco. We'd be hard pressed to find a more appropriate passage given their  year of food ministry work and service with the community. Temple UMC is located on Beverly Street and professes to be a 'liberal, diverse community full of hope and compassion, devoted to Jesus and committed to justice.'

On October 1st, members of the Temple community held a Walk-A-Thon and collected $2,790, well above their hoped for goal of $2,000. The money will support the church's food bank program that, in conjunction with the Marin County Food Bank, distributes food across the county every Wednesday.  

This year Temple also held its 4th Annual Rise Against Hunger event which raised $4,200 in donations, exceeding their goal of. $3,800. The funds were used to supply 10,152 meals for the community. Local students packed lunch alongside Temple friends and volunteers. 

San Francisco area Deacon Angela Brown joined the church family to celebrate such an outpouring of love and care.

Click here to visit Temple's website and learn more about their community impact. Click here to learn more about Rise Against Hunger and how your church might partner with them to fight hunger.

UMC Connection: Learn more about how your tithe dollars support food ministries across the world.
UMCOR does the work of global food ministry on behalf of all the local churches within The United Methodist Church. Click here to see just a few examples of their work to end hunger. Your giving, combined with those of all United Methodists, insures that the mission of food donation and infrastructure building of food sustainability work will continue to make a difference in the lives of people you will never meet. Yet, through our connection, you have touched their lives.   

Get involved!  Get tips and tools to start or deepen your own ministry.
  • California-Nevada has a Mission Focus Area (MFA) devoted to Compassion and Justice, chaired by Rev. George Edd-Bennett. If you'd like to be a part of the Committee on Mission Service or the Committee on Advocacy and Justice, click here to learn more. 
  • Our conference committees are looking for more people to get involved across our diverse region. Maybe this is a call for you or someone you know.  Click here to find out more about the Committee on Nominations, chaired by Rev. Lee Neish. 
  • If you or your church would like to get involved in food ministry, go to the California-Nevada website and search 'food' in the upper right hand search function of our home page. Many of our faith families work to end hunger in their communities and you will find a number of articles from around our conference which contain 'how we did it' stories. Several churches found that, like Temple UMC, partnering with regional civic food banks helps grow the reach of their ministry.


Selby Ewing is Director of Communications at the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church.