Beyonce’s Generous Heart
[dcs_p]In 1992 the work began at St. John’s Downtown with nine initial members and few families from our sister church, Windsor Village UMC in Houston, Texas. In the first weeks Tina Knowles and Mathew Knowles brought their two daughters to church with them every Sunday. Their third daughter, Kelly Rowland joined the family a few years later. The oldest of the two daughters was a gifted singer who launched into the quest of pop music success at an early age. In between trips she would sing in our choir and every time the shy 13-year-old opened her mouth to sing people had an idea this young lady was special.[/dcs_p]
[dcs_p]One day she told me that she would never forget her church that prayed for her during talent shows and auditions and when she became a success and she honored her promise many times over. Over the years to follow we have constructed two significant multi-million dollar facilities both bearing her family’s name. The Knowles-Roland Center for Youth, a multi-use gymnasium facility which houses hundreds of homeless men and women in the evening and youth and children activities on the weekends and the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments.[/dcs_p]
Miss A Meal Campaign
[dcs_p] HOUSTON, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — More than 50 million Americans go hungry every day. With those despairing statistics, fashion designer Tina Knowles and daughters Beyonce and Solange joined forces with Bread of Life, Inc. to make a difference. The Houston-based non-profit organization founded by Rudy and Juanita Rasmus aims to fight for the needs of the less fortunate with the fundraising campaign Miss A Meal.[/dcs_p]
“When we say ‘we are starving,’ we have to remember that there are people who are literally starving. If everyone fed one person, one meal, we could make a huge difference,” says Tina Knowles . “To miss one meal is a small sacrifice to make in the fight against hunger.”
According to a recent study, Harris County families struggling to keep food on the table have a food budget shortfall of $12.97per week, per person. To fill the meal gap, $277 million is needed annually to ensure that every person has three meals a day. The Miss A Meal initiative is designed to meet the needs of the hungry by encouraging people to miss a meal and pass the plate by donating the money they would have spent. The donation is then used to feed those who are less fortunate.
“I was 13 and my sister Solange was 8 when we started donating and serving meals to the homeless after church,” saysBeyonce. “There were people from all walks of life, even children, who needed a meal. We learned that we are all three paychecks away from poverty. It was a lesson in humility for all of us.” Solange adds, “There are dozens of memories of me and my sister volunteering at Bread of Life, we got to see firsthand how grateful people were to receive a hot meal. For many people this was their only meal of the day and we learned early on not to take anything for granted. I’m passing on those same lessons to my son Julez.”
What started as an idea sparked by indie recording artist Cy Jackson ‘s song “Heartbeat” has blossomed into a growing movement against hunger. Miss A Meal encourages people to donate as little as one dollar, which in turn can provide one well-balanced meal through Bread of Life.
Through their Bread of Life non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Pastor Rudy and Juanita Rasmus have been providing solutions for the hungry and homeless in Houston, TX for the past 21 years. Bread of Life serves 14,000 meals per month and through a Community Wide Food Fair and Senior Supplemental Food Program; they distribute 9 tons of fresh food and produce every Wednesday. Additional programs include medical services, job development and placement, case management, recovery groups, drug and alcohol counseling, life skills training, The Culinary Art Program, The Art Project Houston and the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments. “We must continue to build bridges through our community,” says Pastor Rudy. “Each of us has the power to change another’s life just by passing the plate. It only takes one plate!”
The Knowleses are inviting national and local celebrities to pass the plate and take a stand against hunger. Together everyone can make a difference, one person at a time. Those wishing to pass the plate can donate by texting “50555” or by visitingwww.missameal.net.
To view additional “Miss A Meal” images, click here: http://missameal.net/oneplate.html.
ABOUT BREAD OF LIFE, INC.
Founded in 1992 by Pastor Rudy and Juanita Rasmus as a mission of St. John’s United Methodist Church, the Bread of Life, Inc., is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides solutions to the problems of homelessness, unemployment and hunger through sustaining, equipping and transforming the forgotten with compassion.
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The second project to grace Knowles’ family name is the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments, a $7million, 43 unit apartment complex designed for people who are exiting homelessness and attempting to take positive, life restoring steps. Both projects were made possible from significant donations from Beyonce, Tina, and the family. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina that devastated the Gulf Coast, Tina Knowles became concerned for the displaced masses and suggested we find a way to provide housing for them. The initial contribution was made and soon the $6million, 42 unit Knolwes-Temenos Place Apartments was constructed to provide housing to people who were formerly homeless. A Phase two development is underway currently :[/dcs_p]
Beyonce’s Hunger Fighting Tour
[dcs_p]In 2008 Touch1 was launched in conjunction with Beyonce’s World Tour with food drives organized by Beyonce’s long time friend, Pastor Rudy during her concerts in Houston, Atlanta, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles. Thousands of pounds of food was donated to food banks in each tour city. In 2010 General Mills Foods (Hamburger Helper) is partnered with Beyonce with the goal of conquering hunger in America and of helping Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief charity and delivered more than 3.5 million meals to local food banks in tour cities movement was expanded internationally during her stops in Ethiopia, India, and Istanbul. Zimbabwe in 2008. Touch1.org is about people – people committed to “Touch One and Change the World” and to make hunger, homelessness, and HIV a thing of the past. As Touch1.org, we are asking everyone to do more to fight hunger, the indignity of homelessness, and the pandemic of HIV. The people of Touch1.org believe that providing basic needs like an adequate food supply, safe decent and sanitary housing, and HIV prevention will transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in America and the world. Touch1.org is a nonpartisan subsidiary of the Bread of Life, Inc. There’s only one side in this battle. Working together across America, Touch1.org members are using their collective voices to speak the truth in love to the people who can make the changes happen on behalf of the people who need change to happen.The goal of ending poverty may seem lofty, but it is within our reach if we take action together a ones.:[/dcs_p]
[dcs_p]Click here to view photos from the Houston Texas Beyonce/Hamburger Helper Press Conference on July 4, 2009 hosted by Pastor Rudy.[/dcs_p]
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[dcs_p]One in eight Americans struggles with hunger. More than 12 million children don’t always have enough to eat — and during the summer months, when children lose access to school meal programs, the problem gets even worse. Hunger strikes urban, rural, and suburban areas — and every age, ethnic, and class demographic.[/dcs_p]
- Households with children have nearly double the hunger rates of families without children.
- More than 40 percent of families who visit food shelves served by Feeding America live in the suburbs.
- 40 percent of those who visit food shelves are the working poor: those who work, but whose paychecks do not cover the basic necessities of life.