Cascade UMC Addresses Food Insecurity and Engages in Social Justice


This is one of three stories featured in GUMF's Faith & Money Summer 2020 newsletter, which shares how three of our partners in ministry (Porterfield Church in Albany, Cascade UMC in Atlanta, and Midway UMC in Alpharetta) are offering hope and encouragement to their communities during the pandemic. 

Even though Cascade UMC’s physical building in Atlanta has been closed due to COVID-19, its mission to extend the light of Christ to people who are suffering and hurting in its hard-hit community has never ended.

“God has resourced us to be a blessing,” said Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Murriel. “We consider it a great joy to be the hands and feet of Christ offering hope through generosity during this pandemic.”

Addressing food insecurity has been a top priority. Cascade UMC has provided over 500 meals per week to local children through the Action Ministries Smart Lunch, Smart Kid Program, given away over 2,000 boxes of food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and blessed 1,000 families with food for one week following an emergency COVID-19 food drive in June.

Engaging in the struggle for racial equality and injustice is part of Cascade UMC’s DNA. Cascade Action Partners, their social justice ministry, carries out most of these initiatives.

“One of the more tangible ways we have engaged recently is through voter registration. We have people serving as advocates at the polls to help anyone who may have a problem voting,” Murriel said. “We have also been engaged in a strong effort to get the hate crimes bill passed here in Georgia. This has been a collaborative effort between Cascade, Peachtree Road UMC, and The Temple in Atlanta.”