September 2, 2012
Our mission to help feed hungry families. We do not believe kids and parents should go hungry or have to sacrifice nutrition because of the circumstances they are in. We served 156 families this past week including 12 new families. We had 19 volunteers assist on Tuesday and another 50 on Thursday night.
You might ask what we are most in need of. That would be breakfast items hands down. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, most kids like breakfast food and it can really be eaten any time of the day. We need healthy cereals, boxes of oatmeal, cream of wheat, breakfast bars and juices. The next biggest thing that we like to offer is canned meats such as tuna, spam, canned chicken, hash, peanut butter and vienna sausages. Finally our biggest need is for boxed dinners and boxed potatoes. We have volunteer shoppers if time is an issue for you. Just let us know. We always need plastic and paper bags to put groceries in.
Well behind every good man is a good woman. There is no exception to that rule with Sue Croell. She can be found quietly serving up to 4 days a week by her husband Kens side. Sue helps with picking up produce from Grace Community Church leftover from their pantry day. The produce gets unloaded or sorted and is a wonderful thing to pass on to families. In the summer Sue and Dawn Campbell are our grilled cheese ladies in the kids room. She always has a smile for guests as she helps them through on Thursdays. Thank you for your service Sue! May God bless you richly.
August 27, 2012
We continue to see high numbers at the food pantry. We served 167 families last Thursday including 19 new ones. I invite anyone to come to see what happens each week. Each family that comes for help has a story. Some have lost good paying jobs, some have had a spouse leave, some have medical issues or disabilities and many are just the working poor. Many families have moved in together. Whatever their reason for coming they all look to us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Families continue to receive a gallon of milk each week in addition to their groceries and should through the end of the year thanks to some great donations.
It would be so wonderful if everyone who is able would donate at least 1 non-perishable item. With a congregation of over 2000 we would have more than enough to help feel hungry families. We need oatmeal, pancake mix, sugar, flour, peanut butter, jelly, crackers and canned meats and boxed dinners.
You really can't describe in words the spirit of caring and volunteerism in Ken Croell. He is a fixture at the pantry, always working behind the scenes making sure things are stocked and ready for our families. Ken is always available to make a run to pick up food, move boxes and do whatever is needed. He is always running around on Thursdays, sweat running down his forehead, just servicing. Thank you Ken.
August 19, 2012
We had a very wet Thursday afternoon but 149 families including 18 new ones came to the pantry. They received bread, milk and fresh produce in addition to their groceries. 25 individuals helped stock the shelves on Tuesday and another 53 helped on Thursday. I don't think sometimes when we talk about how many families come through we stop to think those "families" consist of about 400-600 individual people that you are helping to feed for the week. Our need for food is great and we appreciate each item you bring in.
This week we need boxes of cereal, canned vegetables, boxed dinners, noodles, beans, rice, cake mixes, sugar and snacks. We always appreciate toilet paper, diapers and baby wipes. They are rare as donations and when we do get them we separate them so that more people can be helped.
I would like to introduce you to the Reddick family. Janice, Dennis and Megan. Janice and Megan are weekly faithful volunteers. Janice has done everything from stock, watch kids, call names, assist guests, go to Midwest for food pickup to manning the front desk. Her daughter Megan is always by her side ready and willing to assist where ever she is needed. Dennis assists with walking guests through, picking items up or helping guests carry their groceries out as time from his job allows. We appreciate you Reddick family. May you receive a portion of the blessings back that you freely give to others.
We appreciate paper and plastic bags that we can recycle for guests food. We do have plenty of laundry soap containers at this time.