MELBOURNE– The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ donated hundreds of boxes to Foodbank Victoria in an Aid To Humanity event held on Friday, 22 October 2021, in the INC Compound in Melbourne.
According to the Foodbank Hunger Report for 2021, in the last year alone, “one in six adults in Australia haven’t had enough to eat” while “1.2 million children have gone hungry”.
This dire situation has been made worse during the ongoing pandemic by the combination of multiple lockdowns, further job losses, and rollback of government assistance for many Victorians.
275 boxes packed with basic food and household items from the INC were loaded onto 20 pallets and collected by Foodbank Victoria from the INC Compound of the Melbourne congregation in Maidstone.
A brief ceremonial handover took place with a handful of INC members in attendance while observing COVID-safety measures.
Krissa Jansson from Marketing and Communications at Foodbank Victoria extended her gratitude on behalf of the organisation.
“I was blown away by this donation. The generosity here was incredible… that many pallets and that many boxes from a church… I can’t even tell you how far that will go to helping get food to people who need it,” Jansson said.
Australia West District Supervising Minister Brother Romeo Beltran said that activities such as the “Aid To Humanity” of the Church Of Christ are being done to help people in accordance with biblical teachings.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo continues to help communities with their needs through the Aid to Humanity, the INC’s charitable arm program – the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation. INC assists in providing livelihood and housing to those in need, from food donations to establishing eco-farming sites worldwide.
The INC was registered in the Philippines on 27 July 1914 by its first Executive Minister, Brother Felix Y. Manalo.
The Church has since spread to 159 countries and territories worldwide, with its members coming from 148 ethnic backgrounds.
INC’s current leader, Executive Minister of the Church, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, spearheaded the rapid growth of the Church.
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