This year the Society of St. Andrew (Advance #801600) offers its annual Advent Devotions program using the theme “Prayers of Hope: What do you hope for in the coming of Christ?”

“Through daily devotions, Scriptures and prayers, readers will consider what they hope for as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child,” reported the Rev. Jennifer Moore, director of church relations for the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA). “From the differing perspectives of contributing clergy and laity, the devotions will nourish the spirit while also providing an opportunity to feed our hungry neighbors.”

The Society of St. Andrew is a national nonprofit hunger-relief ministry that rescues 20-30 million pounds of fresh, nutritious, excess produce each year that will go to waste for various marketing reasons. This food is then distributed to critical service agencies across the country at no cost to the agencies or the hungry people they serve.

During the season of Advent, the Society of St. Andrew asks participants to prayerfully reflect on the Scriptures and devotions and then join in their ministry of feeding America’s hungry by making a financial donation. Last year donations made through SoSA’s Advent devotional program provided more than 1.2 million servings of food to the hungry. The need this year continues to grow among those hit hardest by the recession.

“As Christians it is our responsibility to step out on faith and step up our support of those in need, responding to Jesus’ command, ‘You give them something to eat’,” said Moore.

All materials for this Advent devotional program are free from the Society of St. Andrew. For a church sample kit or a personal packet, order online: www.endhunger.org/advent.htm; by phone: 800-333-4597; or by e-mail: church@endhunger.org.

More information about the Society of St. Andrew and its hunger-relief programs – Gleaning Network, Potato and Produce Project, Harvest of Hope and Hunger Relief Advocate Initiative – is available online at www.endhunger.org or by e-mail at sosausa@endhunger.org.