On Sunday, January 16th, the Northshore Democratic Women’s Club sponsored a forum on the problem of hunger in St. Tammany Parish at Abita Springs Town Hall. The forum was organized by club member Kathy DelCarpio of Pearl River. Kathy led the guided conversation between members of the panel and the community. The conversation was both deep and broad, with a full hour devoted to the structured discussion followed by 45 minutes of questions and answers with the audience. Over 80 people attended the forum.
Members of the panel were:
- Dr. Tobey Pitman, ministry strategist for North Shore Baptist Associations. The North Shore Baptist Associations work with 91 area Baptist churches. One of Dr. Pitman’s roles is to help those churches with their service missions by helping them understand their communities and engage with them in solutions to the problem of hunger.
- Ms. Ann Presley, St. Tammany Parish School Board Kids in Transition Program. The Kids In Transition program works specifically with homeless children, include those in transitional housing, shelters, and “doubled up” with extended family.
- Mr. John Tobin, St. Tammany Parish Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services works with area organizations to identify resources and secure assistance through the private sector.
- Rev. W.E. Thrasher, Mt. Olive AME Church Feeding Ministry. The Mt. Olive Feeding Ministry feeds up to 300 people, six days a week, most of whom are shut-in.
Over the next few days, this web site will post a series of articles summarizing the highlights of the forum. Future club meetings will be devoted to identifying and implementing actions the club will take to work with organizations in the community to help out.
The St. Tammany News / Slidell Sentry reported on the event.