December 29 Kitchen Help Needed

Tuesday, December 29, the Food n Friends Mansfield Kitchen is looking for 3-4 people to help prepare the meal. The coordinator can plan the meal or you can work with her if you have a meal you would like to make. All food will be provided by FnF.  If you or a small group are interested please call 508.222.2933 or email for more information.

Second Interfaith Choir Rehearsal

Today is the next choir rehearsal for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. It starts at 7:30 pm and runs until 8:00 pm. First United Methodist Church is located at 20 Hoppin Hill, North Attleboro, MA 02760.  Please come and join us in song!


Any questions regarding the choir or the worship service can be directed to Rev. Jim Blair at or the Attleboro Area Council of Churches at 508-222-2933 or email at

Homeless Awareness Weekend

This year’s Hunger & Homeless Awareness Weekend is November 13- 15, 2015.

NHHAW-TWITTER-SIZE National Hunger & Homeless Awareness is an annual event held the week before Thanksgiving.  It’s a movement that seeks to spread awareness about hunger and to end homelessness. This movement asks those participating to reflect on what they are thankful for and to show compassion for those living in lack. It is a time where groups can join together and work towards an end to homelessness and hunger. The goal of National Homeless & Hunger Awareness Week is to “eradicate homelessness by solving the root cause of it.” This year’s week will focus on the various laws passed around the country to limit those experiencing homelessness from “life- sustaining activities”.

National Hunger & Homeless wants to pressure lawmakers into decriminalizing homelessness and coming up with permanent solutions that makes our nation greater. Lawmakers, like the general public, have to be educated on the underlying causes of homelessness and focus new policy on permanent solutions. There must be a change in how we speak about the homeless and a national discourse on the new reality of being homeless in America. The diversity of groups who are experiencing homelessness and the laws that prevent them from moving ahead, need to enter the conversation. Improved policy will positively impact the lives of both service providers and homeless persons. Joining this national movement affords the opportunity to ignite national systemic change.

photo_10 Homelessness awareness 2010

Here, in the Greater Attleboro Area, we are very proud that the youth have answered the call for change and awareness. Several of the local churches are bringing members of their youth groups to participate in Homeless Awareness Weekend. The youth will build a tent city on Mason Field in North Attleboro and stay there over the weekend, putting themselves in the position of the homeless. They will rely on the kindness of others as they request donations and food. They start the weekend Friday, November 13th,  with a service at Evangelical Covenant Church in Attleboro. All are invited to attend the service, which starts at 7 p.m. From the church they will go to the field to prepare their homes for the weekend.  There will be volunteers from the community to help out and keep watch. The group invites all to stop by the site throughout the weekend.

Evangelical Covenant Church is located at 841 North Main Street in 
Attleboro, MA 02703. 

Pictures are from previous Homeless Awareness Weekends.

For more information about the Attleboro Area Homeless Awareness Weekend please contact Sue Smith at the Attleboro Area Council of Churches, 508-222-2933. 

Please stop by and support the efforts to raise homeless awareness.


Volunteer Kitchen Co-Coordinator

Do you enjoy being with people?
Do you enjoy helping others?

Food n Friends has the perfect opportunity for you!

We are in need of a volunteer CO-coordinator for the Saturday lunchtime kitchen twice monthly. This is a great opportunity to help in the community and meet other volunteers with big hearts.

Job description:
*18+ or older
*Opening and closing of the building
*Work/oversee groups for cooking, serving and setup/clean up crews
*Overseeing the setup and clean up of the kitchen, dining area and bathrooms
*Oversee all other volunteers
*Call in any needed supplies
* Call in meal counts for the day
*Opening and closing the building
*Follow all rules and regulations of the host site, Attleboro Area Council of
Churches and the Board of Health
*Flexibility is available for all volunteers.

If interested please contact us at 508-222-2933 or email

The Interfaith Choir Rehearsal is Today

The first of three choir rehearsals for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service begins today. All who are interested in uniting their voices in song are welcome to attend. The rehearsal begins at 7:30 pm and will run to about 8:00 pm. Nelly May Blake will be directing this years choir. 

The rehearsals are held at the First United Methodist Church, located at 20 Hoppin Hill Ave, North Attleboro 02760

The next rehearsal will be November 10th. 

We hope that you are able to join us in song!


If you have any questions regarding the service or the choir please contact us at 508-222-2933 or email at

Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service


It’s time once again to unite in thanksgiving! The Attleboro Area Council of Churches invites you to the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. The service will be held November 22, 2015, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, at 7 p.m. The First United Methodist Church of North Attleboro will be the hosts for this year. All are welcome to come and fellowship. 

The music for the interfaith service will be organized by Peter J. Williams, the minister of music at FUMC, and Nelly May Blake. We hope to have a combined choir with as many religious communities represented as possible. Practices for the choir will be November 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. All are welcome to come and sing.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Attleboro Area Council of Churches at 508-222-2933 or Any questions about the choir can be directed to Rev. Jim Blair at

Fighting Poverty with Science

“One of the most pressing social, moral, and economic quandaries of our time lies in this simple and depressing fact: more than a fifth of the people on the planet live on $1.25 or less a day.”

This sobering quote, is from the article MIT researchers are fighting extreme poverty with science. The article details the three year study across six countries, that allowed for the poor to receive support.  Households were not only given monetary and health support but received mentoring and check up visits from nongovernmental agencies to check their progress. It is so important that we follow up with those who receive aid, and bring to light programs that will provide a mentoring service, to ensure that everyone continues to move forward.

It was interesting that researchers changed the language of dealing with poverty. They didn’t rely on “heart rending anecdotes” but utilized the collected data to move the extreme poor into productivity. While aware that it is a not a complete solution to global poverty, the study will add to the discussion of poverty reduction and spark interest in policy changes towards the poorest in our society. 

The two pictures below are from the article. The first picture shows the coauthors of the poverty study, the second depicts different ways of generating income. Please check out the article its a thought provoking read.   


CROP Walk is right around the Corner!

Attleboro Area Interfaith CROP Hunger Walk

October 18, 2015

Registration: 12:30 pm   Walk:1:30 pm

AACrop Walk

Five days left before the CROP WALK.  There is still time to join our fight against global and local hunger. We have a great route planned this year, beginning and ending at LaSalette, the Crop Walk is 3 mile walk. Registration begins at 12:30 pm and the walk begins at 1:30 pm. All walkers will report to the cafeteria before beginning the walk. The Sturdy Hospital Radio Club will guide us through the walk and be stationed at different intersections so we don’t get lost along the way. We ask that you bring your own water to stay hydrated. Upon return to LaSalette there will be a chance to grab delicious hot soup and bread.

Route CRop Walk

  • Leave on Retreat Center Rd.
  • Left on Park St. * Left on Cummings
  • Right on George St.  *Left on Dunham St.
  • Right on Pine St. * Right on Park St
  • Right on George St. * Left on Cummings
  • Right on Park St. * Back to LaSalette

The walk proceeds will help the programs of the CWS ( Church World Service) respond to hunger, disasters, and poverty in 30 countries including the United States. 25% of the proceeds will go to the Food n’ Friends Programs, including six Daily Kitchens, three Family Cafes, and the Kids Simmer Cafe, sponsored by the Attleboro Area Council of Churches.

For those who are participating in the banner contest it is best to arrive early around 12:30 pm to present your banner. The theme this year is “Ending Hunger One Step at a Time.” The youth are asked to explain their understanding of hunger and poverty locally and globally. Three banners will be chosen to receive $100 dollars towards their youth group.  Previous Youth Group Banners:

CRBanner1            CRBanner3CRBanner2    CRBanner4


Again, there is still time to sign up and participate in this wonderful event. Our interfaith walk highlights how diverse groups can pull together and put our faith into action in helping struggling communities. Global change begins with commitment at the local level, we hope that you join us in spreading hunger awareness. Everyone can make a Difference!

Attleboro Area MA, CROP Hunger Walk



Family Cafe Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed at the Family Cafe at Second Congregational Church every 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Help is greatly needed in  with clean up in the kitchen and dining area between 6:00-7:30 pm.

The Family Cafe offers families with children 18 years and younger along with their family’s a free nutritious meal.  Fun activities are available for the children while the parents have a chance to relax. If you love to help, and are 18 years or older please call 508.222.2933 for more information.