Written by Stephen Garsed
Have you a glut of fruit or vegetables? Why not take your surplus to a church event, such as Sunday morning coffee and just give it away, inviting recipients to give thanks by making a donation to CAFOD.
This is what CAFOD supporters at Our Lady and St Edwards – a livesimply parish in Preston – have been doing. Tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, beans and apples make up just a small selection of what is on offer. The produce is placed on a table and parishioners are invited to take whichever produce they will use in return for a donation to CAFOD.
For us, the principle is as important as the fundraising. It is about celebrating and sharing the Lord’s abundance.
There is no fixed price; it is about the value of the food, and what people think it is worth.
In this world where everything seems to be about money, there is a beautiful symmetry in freely sharing, with the hungry overseas, the Lord’s generosity to us in Preston.
This is one way in which the parish embraces the principles of livesimply.
CAFOD’s local representative, Patrick Gardner, says: “This is a wonderful example of Our Lady and St Edward’s parish continuing to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with poor communities.
“I’m sure the actions of the parish community will inspire those around the Diocese of Lancaster and further afield.”