NASHVILLE, Tenn. – United Methodist Men have increased their giving each of the last four years to a total of $191,000, an amount that provided 8.9 million servings of food in 2013.

In 2010, UM Men gave $168,196 to Meals for Millions; they increased giving in 2011 to $171,223, and in 2012, they gave $179,007.

Wade Mays, director of the Meals for Millions program for the Society of Saint Andrew, thanked the leaders of UM Men for “their unwavering support of our ministry” and he presented awards to the top contributors.

Indiana Conference won the Meals for Millions Award for giving $29,300 in 2013. Mays notes the conference increased giving over the last four years. In 2010, the conference gave $10,423, that amount increased to $19,932 in 2011, and $26,735 in 2012.

In spite of the increased giving by Indiana Conference, Missouri Conference won the “Bud the Spud” award for a 255 percent increase in giving (from $5,464 in 2012 to $13,886 in 2013).

In addition, UM men also provided 2,401 volunteers who gleaned 1.2 million pounds of fresh produce for the hungry in 2013.

Top 10 conferences providing funds for Meals for Millions in 2013:

  1. Indiana...........................$29,300
  2. Detroit...........................$23,710
  3. Northern Illinois................$21,101
  4. Virginia...........................$17,811
  5. Missouri..........................$13,886
  6. Baltimore Washington........$13,382
  7. North Carolina.................$8,759
  8. Iowa.............................$5,700
  9. Oklahoma.......................$5,340
  10. West Ohio......................$4,547

Wade Mays (left), director of the Meals for Millions program, presents the top award to Dave Martin, president of Indiana Conference United Methodist Men.