Atheists and Christians Will Gather Tomorrow in Boston to Help Feed the Hungry

Tomorrow afternoon, an interfaith group in Boston (including the Humanist Community at Harvard) will be packing meals for the hungry. Their goal is to package a whopping 50,000 meals in a single day — a huge undertaking, but very possible given their track record.

This infographic will tell you everything you need to know:

If you’re in the area, consider volunteering! Either way, you can donate to the very worthy cause right here. They need to raise $12,500 to pay for the meals and if you give at least $10, you can enter in a drawing to win Chris Stedman‘s book Faitheist.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • A3Kr0n

    How many people have an interfaith food pantry and a Salvation Army in town? We do, and yesterday for the first time it hit me as strange because I got an email from the IL/WI Stateline Atheist Society the other day with this in it:
    “They (SA) also created a non compete
    agreement with the rock river food pantry during the holiday season so
    the food pantry can not solicit food drives during the season.”
    Huh? That’s weird, why not work together?
    They also had this to say, and then I’m going to shut up:
    “not only are the SA food barrels
    for Christmas meal and Jesus promotion in the school district but they
    now for the first time have barrels at Carlson ice Arena, a park
    district state owned facility.”

    Now that just doesn’t seem right.

  • peknud

    I wish they would change the phrase from “interfaith” the “interaction.” It’s people working together through actions to help make the world a little better for everyone.

    • Zachary_Bos

      (Zak Bos here, with the Boston Atheists, one of the groups that support this annual HCH project). The word I’m beginning to like for this is “interpath”, which comes to me from a theist of my acquaintance in the area, a nice guy named Derek Lewis Knox.

  • RedneckCryonicist

    Talk about missing the obvious. These kinds of events would really accomplish something by teaching low-income people to feed themselves and their families for $.25 a meal. Instead they engage in magical feel-good rituals which promote dependency over self-reliance.

    • Shiori_hime

      I would imagine that someone/some group connected with the event has access to resources your typical low-income person doesn’t have (e.g. the ability to buy in bulk, which is hugely useful when you’re trying to make 50,000 meals but not necessarily a brilliant idea if you’re only shopping for 1-2 people). I don’t think it’s a bad idea to teach people who to feed themselves and others cheaply, but when I see a per-meal price that low I’m pretty sure the event planners aren’t shopping at the local Price Chopper for the meal ingredients.

  • The Starship Maxima

    While I’m pleased that Hemant chose to share this, this is a complete non-story. The anti-theist sentiment stirred by many posts on this blog, and the correspondence atheist prejudice among the right-wing crowd is the only reason this is notable.

    The religious and the non-religious have been working together for the common good since the dawn of the time. The US Armed Forces, NASA, the New York City Police Department, GLAAD, your local hospital, your school, your grocery store, your local My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic fan club…..all of them are full of people who possess the ability to table their differences in lieu of their common goals.

    I’ve worked Christian charity events staffed by atheists, Muslims, Catholics, Jews, and others who didn’t give a shit who did or didn’t pray to who. During 9/11, post -Irene, post-Sandy, the Black out a few years bag, I lent a hand to people who had no time for God, and I lent a hand to people who worshipped things I consider fiction.

    It is a sad day when it raises an eyebrow that, yes, in fact, we CAN work together.

    • Mario Strada

      I think the relevance of this event is increased by the recent news of the atheists volunteers being turned down by a religious food pantry. I am too lazy ATM to look up the post, but it has been discussed several times.
      I trust everyone here would be happy if this post was unnecessary or non notable at all. I know that if the other event had not happened, I would be wondering why it was posted at all.

      Here’s to a day when a post like this receives a single comment stating “SO?”

      • The Starship Maxima

        Mario, based on your comment, I did a quick Google search on “Christians turning down atheist help”.

        God Almighty, I regret that I did.

        All I can ask is, what the fuck Bible are these people reading???

        • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

          The same one you are, Starship Maxima, the same one you are. [insert weary sigh here] They just interpret it differently.

          I am not trying to be snarky or mean. It really is shocking to realize how much hatred is out there, or the petty yet vicious ways people express it. We pay more attention because it’s us those people are calling names, but it’s shocking even when you’re kind of expecting it. And it’s a big reason a lot of us reject Christianity specifically (there’s other reasons we reject all gods); you can’t all agree on a similar definition of your holy book, and some people get that hateful nonsense out of it, so we don’t find it to be a good or holy book.

          • The Starship Maxima

            I can think of no ready rejoinder to that….

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke, TOWAN

    what’s really sad is that dramatic increase in need at the pantries. we’re always being told BS like “the recovery is slow, but happening” and “there was good news on the jobs front today” and while i’m sure in some ways that could be argued as factual and significant, the truth here is that so long as our pantries have increasing need, it’s not really “getting better.”

  • Cindy

    Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise. I brought my daughter down and we worked a shift together. So many great people and a fun atmosphere. Super organised and well run. We’ll be sure to seek out more events like this.

    • Zachary_Bos

      How great!


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