A Thanks to United Methodist Men

In February 2017, Wade Mays, of SoSA’s Big Island, Virginia office, traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to attend a national meeting of the United Methodist Men. Each year, Mays honors the top fund-raisers for the “Meals for Millions” program and also presents a “Bud the Spud” award to the region with the largest increase in giving.

Meals for Millions Presentation

Wade Mays (center) presents the Meals for Millions top award to George Groves, president of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference UM Men (left) and to Steve Nailor (right), a leader of the Rockford District of the Northern Illinois Conference and president of the National Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men.

In 2016, the most money for the hunger-relief program was raised by the men’s group in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference (regional area) of The United Methodist Church. Mays presented the award to George Groves to bring back to Northern Illinois. The award also went to Steve Nailor of the Rockford District of that conference, which raised almost $14,000. Nailor is also president of the national organization.

He presented the Bud the Spud award to the Missouri Annual Conference. The money raised goes to the Meals for Millions program, which was created in 1998, when the Society of St. Andrew partnered with the General Commission on United Methodist Men and the National Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men. The program supports the hunger-relief work of The Society of St. Andrew.

The partnership also supports the “Hunger Relief Advocate Initiative,” in which some members of United Methodist Men serve as promote the partnership and serve as fund-raising advocates, and some actually work with volunteers in the fields to glean and to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to people-in-need in their areas.

Here are the top fund-raisers for 2016:

  1. Northern Illinois $21,255
  2. Virginia $18,464
  3. Baltimore-Washington $12,475
  4. Detroit $11,880
  5. Missouri $8,780 (won the “Bud the Spud Award with a 94% increase in giving from 2015 to 2016)
  6. Indiana $8,745
  7. Upper New York $7,971
  8. Susquehanna $5,419
  9. North Carolina $4,670
  10. Illinois Great Rivers $3,895

* Photo and information from the United Methodist Men website: gcumm.org



In the event I, or a registered family member, suffers any illness or accident requiring emergency hospitalization, medication, or other medical assistance while participating in a gleaning event, permission is given for any medical treatment which is deemed necessary and reasonable under the circumstances. I fully understand and comprehend that reasonable care will be exercised by the adult staff for this gleaning event to protect the safety of those involved. I understand that the field supervisor’s instructions must be followed at all times, and that I am responsible for any damages caused to fields, farms, or equipment by me/my family members not following these instructions.

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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.