As part of a local "Rethink Poverty" campaign, Livingston United Methodist Church will hold a health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1.

As part of a local "Rethink Poverty" campaign, Livingston United Methodist Church will hold a health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1.

Rev. Jim Donnan, pastor of the church, said Livingston is asking the community to contribute personal-hygiene products toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, nail clippers and such for health kits to be distributed to low-income families.

"For many low-income people, the items of the healthcare kit that we take for granted are beyond their reach," Donnan said.

The event will highlight the presence of the biannual Council of Bishops meeting, which will bring more than 70 United Methodist bishops from around the globe to Columbus this weekend, Donnan said.

"What we wanted to do is get them into local United Methodist ministry sites so their expertise could be utilized," he said.

Rev. Fritz Mutti, a retired bishop from Kansas, will speak on issues of poverty and health from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church, 200 E. Livingston Ave.

Then, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., health professionals from Riverside Methodist Hospital will provide blood-pressure tests and blood-glucose tests and hand out health information.

Lisa Streight, director of communications for the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, said events at local churches will be held throughout Saturday. The festivities will be highlighted with a "Love First and Walk Rally for Children in Poverty" at 5 p.m. at the Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 E. Broad St. A free meal will be available at 4:30 p.m. for those who sign up for the walk, which will end at the Statehouse lawn.

NeNe Ali, a 12-year-old spoken-word poet from New York City, will perform at the rally. A worship service will follow at the Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Streight said the church is dedicated to erasing hunger, as 800 million people around the world are estimated to go hungry every day.

"It's important for the church and the community to work together to alleviate hunger and poverty and the issues related to poverty," she said.