“Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. . . .'”
Our goal is to help feed hungry people in Clarksville & Montgomery County.
Food Room Coordinator
Thank you to all the volunteers who heard the call and are showing up on Tuesday mornings to help. This program could not work if it weren’t for all the wonderful volunteers–church members as well as others from the community–who show up to help us week after week.
On the average, we feed 102 families each week–about 315 people. Several of these are new clients, who mentioned that this was their first time coming in for food. It is heartwarming to hear the wonderful comments, thanking us for opening our church for this program. Some of our clients have become volunteers with us because they have seen first hand what this program means to them and their families.
On each Tuesday from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM, we give out bags of food. Providing the people in the community a chance to come by and pick out a bag of food is heartwarming to each member of our church. We are blessed knowing that we have helped someone in need. The people who come for help are our guests as well as our clients, and they are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack in our Fellowship Hall before they shop. We provide shopping carts to facilitate easy selection and carrying of food items. On the first Tuesday of each month, our clients can also select hygiene items such as toothbrushes, soap, and the like. During the winter months, we have had a limited Clothes Closet with items of warm outerwear from which clients can make selections to fill their needs.
The 4th Tuesday of every month is USDA Day. On this day people receiving food must show proof of residence in Montgomery County. A limit of 96 bags of food are given out on USDA day. When you line up to get your bag, you must have proof of residence ready with the answers to the following questions: Do you receive food stamps? Families First? Social Security Income? Public Housing? How much is your household income? How many are in your household? The USDA requires this information. We are required to write it down for USDA when you receive a bag of food.
We work with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. We also benefit periodically from several groups in Clarksville-Montgomery County that hold food drives and donate the food to The Lord’s Pantry Ministry. For example, we receive food from the Postal System Food Drive. Individuals and businesses in Clarksville give us money donations for this Food Ministry. From time to time we, along with Second Harvest Food Bank, sponsor a Mobile Food Pantry. Our next Mobile Pantry is Saturday, November 3, 2018 (9:00 am to 1:00 pm).
Yvonne (Lord’s Pantry Coordinator)