HUBs Gain Support to Extend Local Church Engagement
On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced CityServe and its partners as a regional “Community of Faith and Opportunity” for CityServe headquarters in Bakersfield, CA and CityServe Hub in Little Rock, Arkansas. The designation provides us with custom-tailored technical support and guided access to additional resources that would foster hope and opportunity, wealth creation, and asset building.
CityServe Co-Founder, Dave Donaldson commented on the recent recognition stating, “We are grateful for the leadership of Ivanka Trump, Pastor Paula White, Office of Faith and Opportunity Initiatives and Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA for assisting families living in the ‘Last Mile of Need.’ It’s important to us that we have this level of support so we can continue to see lasting change in our communities.”
The designation expresses USDA’s belief in our passion and ability to engage churches for a positive impact on families. The support that comes with this designation reinforces our efforts in Bakersfield and Little Rock and strengthens our capabilities to improve and enrich these communities through a network of churches nationwide.
Most recently, we have had the privilege to help create the Faith-Based Community for Farmers to Families, an expansive network of organizations and churches mobilized to distribute USDA Farmers to Families food boxes of produce and poultry to families impacted by the pandemic crisis. To date over 1 million food boxes have been committed to the network by approved USDA suppliers. Presently, food boxes are being distributed through the network to under-resourced neighborhoods.
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