The Food Pantry is a blessing to more people than many of us know. God is surely working through the people of CFC in this ministry. Every time someone gives to the Pantry, someone else receives that gift. Some are people from our church. Some are people from the community. All are people who have a need.
It is such an honor to get to play a part in and witness firsthand the goings on of the Pantry. I want to share with you the happenings of the Food Pantry from October-December 2015.
In those three months, 18 families used the Pantry for 52 visits. 9 of those families were from CFC, and 3 of those used the Pantry for the first time. The other 9 families were from the community. Of those, 4 were first-time users, and have returned one or more times.
Thanks to all from CFC who have donated food and money to keep our Pantry running. Thanks also to ministry leaders Bill and Kim Rothermel for their continued help with shopping, moving the food to the Pantry, and keeping the shelves and freezer in order. I couldn’t serve the families without them.
Some may not know that we started a new relationship with Shadow Lakes Apartments in November. The residents of Shadow Lakes wanted to play a part in providing Thanksgiving meals for families in need.
With donations from CFC and Shadow Lakes, we were able to give out 12 Thanksgiving food boxes. Of those receiving boxes, 6 families were from CFC and 6 were Food Pantry families from the community.
It was a blessing to pass out the boxes. When I asked one of the moms what they usually did for Thanksgiving, she told me that this was the first one they have ever had. They couldn’t afford a turkey and the fixings before. What a wonderful gift.
WHEN I ASKED ONE OF THE MOMS WHAT THEY USUALLY DID FOR THANKSGIVING, SHE TOLD ME THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST ONE THEY HAVE EVER HAD.
We’d like to thank the residents from Shadow Lakes Apartments for playing a part in blessing those families. We look forward to continuing our relationship with them and their ongoing contributions of food to our Pantry.
Because of our connections with the families from the Food Pantry, God has enabled us to do some other outreach with them.
Thanks to Carol Torrie and her friends from “New Albany Friends Who Share,” we gave away 10 Christmas boxes of personal items, cake mixes, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and small toys. 6 CFC families and 4 Food Pantry families enjoyed the boxes.
During the month of November, God put me in contact with a wonderful woman who has a heart for the families using our Pantry. She works at a thrift store, and wondered if I knew of any needs for good, used, winter clothes for kids. I asked around and one day she showed up in my office with 4 bags full of winter stuff. We were able to provide coats, hats, gloves, boots, and scarves to 4 kids from 3 families. When I was at the Single Moms Group, I asked the moms if any of their kids needed clothes. Our new connection then proceeded to round up jeans and shirts for 6 of their kids.
How fun it is to serve these families.
One of my favorite stories happened in December when a dad from the community asked me if I knew of anywhere they could get a bassinet for his wife’s new baby. She was due in early January. I called my friend at the thrift store and 2 weeks later she showed up with a bassinet and sheets for a tiny new baby. Last week, the dad called so thankful for a healthy baby girl, who is enjoying her bassinet. Mom and Baby are doing well. Once again I was so blessed to be a part of God working at CFC.