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Let’s Talk About Hunger Action Month with Friends of the Firm
Friends of the Firm

Fr. David Schalk, Bishop Griffin Resource Center | Scott Marier, Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM)

September is Hunger Action Month, and the Cramer Team is celebrating our amazing partners who feed our community every day. More than 34 million people in the United States are food insecure, and 9 million of those are children. We are proud to work with incredible leaders who are building a future where no one goes hungry.

In honor of Hunger Action Month, we spoke to Fr. David Schalk, Campaign Committee member for the Bishop Griffin Resource Center, and Scott Marier, Executive Director Emeritus at Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM). They told us why this mission is so important to them and to our community, and how we can all help our neighbors facing food insecurity.

See what they had to say in our Q&A session below!

Q: What does your organization’s work to connect individuals and families in need with nutritious food mean to you? What about your mission is impactful to your community at large?


Fr. Schalk: “Personally speaking, the Bishop Griffin Resource Center is an expression of my faith. To feed a hungry neighbor is to recognize his or her dignity and to revere God’s image and likeness in that individual. The Bishop Griffin Resource Center is a safety net for our city. We provide both food for the body and hope for the soul. People need to know that they are seen, heard, and loved. It is our mission to assist and encourage people when they are forced to choose between food, medicine, and rent in their monthly budget.”

Scott Marier: “WARM’s commitment to supply nutritious food and support to families in need lies at the heart of our mission and has been an essential part of our work for over 50 years. WARM takes a servant leadership role in alleviating the effects of hunger and poverty in our community. We’ve seen firsthand the power of a hand-up with resources. Love is transformational for the folks we serve.”

Q: What are the most impactful actions someone can take to help in the growing fight against food insecurity in September and beyond?


Fr. Schalk: “If you want to join the fight against food insecurity, adopt a family or individual who is struggling with hunger. Accompany them not only with food, but also with kindness, respect, and love. Your presence in their lives may give them the inspiration they need to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their lives.”

Scott Marier: “The donation of food and money is life changing! The fact is that hunger never takes a holiday. So as the need for assistance grows, as it is doing now, it makes it even more urgent that people take philanthropic action to help others. The greatest impact you can have is to leverage your time and money by giving yourself to volunteering and donating your financial support to organizations like ours who are on the front lines in the fight against hunger and poverty. Together, we can and are making a real difference!”

Thank you for sharing with us, Fr. Schalk & Scott! To learn more about how you can support these organizations during Hunger Action Month and beyond, click the links below.

Bishop Griffin Resource Center

Westerville Area Resource Ministry

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