“The Lord does not only want the church to feed people spiritually, but feed them physically as well,” said Bro. Terry Mitchison, pastor of the New Light Church. He added that Robert Reason created the food ministry which provided groceries for an estimated 500 residents at the last give-away in January. This time, Mitchison estimated 200 people collected food for themselves and their families at the church.
Reason said that the inspiration for the food ministry came from God. “The Lord laid on my heart to start the ministry and feed his sheep. I made a few phone calls and found out about some places to get free food.”
On Saturday, Reason said that he collected his food from the In His Steps Ministry, which is a part of Operation Blessing. “We give them $100 per month, but the food can’t be resold. We have to give it away. We can send one truck and one dolly to get as much food as we can. We try to load it down and bring it back to our church. When the basement is full, then we give it away.”
Reason said that the food is given to any member of the community regardless of membership at the New Light Church or other religious affiliation at no cost to them. “People can come here and get food if they earn too much income to be disqualified elsewhere.”
The church offered boxes of pasta, cans of soup, tomato paste, paper products, beans, toiletries and an assortment of other dry goods. The church pressed one restroom into service as an impromptu pantry to store crates of peanuts.
“I love to give away stuff kids like. They can’t help it if they have a parent that blows their money up their nose,” said Reason. “I’m excited to have cereal. That’s something kids can fix themselves,” he added.
Volunteer Charity DeSpain said, “It’s a really good thing we have going for the community. Everyone that comes in is really appreciative for what they get.”
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