Faith communities and nonprofit service organizations in Southbury and Woodbury have joined forces to organize Southbury/Woodbury Interfaith Ministries, founded with the mission to address hunger and other social justice issues at the community and regional levels. The initiative to establish S.W.I.M. grew out of interfaith “Hunger Conversations” sponsored by the Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society in Woodbury beginning in fall 2012 to focus attention on the problem of food insecurity and the disparities in food assistance programs available across the area. Participants agreed in spring 2013 to found S.W.I.M. as the framework for bringing together faith communities and other organizations on a continuing basis for discussion and joint action addressing issues of social justice. Faith communities comprising the charter membership of S.W.I.M. include MUUS, First Congregational Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, all of Woodbury; and B’nai Israel, the Jewish Federation, Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, South Britain Congregational Church and St. James Lutheran Church, all of Southbury. The Community Services Council of Woodbury and the Southbury Food Bank, independent nonprofit organizations that provide emergency food assistance programs for residents of their respective towns, also are charter members of S.W.I.M.
Our signature annual event is the Harvest Walk To End Hunger. This year, it will be held in Woodbury and funds raised support Southbury Food Bank, Community Services Council of Woodbury, and Greater-Waterbury Interfaith Ministries Soup Kitchen and Pantry. See the Harvest Walk Page for more information about this upcoming event and join us!