Everyone needs to eat.
Everyone who has ever lived and ever will live, must eat to survive. The problem is that sometimes, there’s no food available. This is a problem that the church can and should try to address.
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” (Is. 58:10 – NLT)
Food is a way to reach people’s hearts.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of joining my new church in an amazing ministry to feed people. The event was called “Stuff the Bus” and was facilitated in cooperation with the Whitehorse Food Bank and Real Canadian Superstore.
The grocery store (Superstore) allows us to park a school bus right in front of their store. As people walk in to get their groceries, we hand them a list of potential items. We explain that we’ll drive the groceries over to the food bank at the end of the day.
“We want to Stuff the Bus full of groceries!”
We also hosted a free (or by donation) barbecue as people left the grocery store. People respond well when the church teams up with a community organization.
Praise God; we raised just over $10,000 in groceries, cash and gift cards for our local food bank!
Free food draws a crowd.
Another unique aspect of the event was the attraction of our city’s homeless. Word travelled quickly and people who obviously needed a good meal, were able to get one.
The impact was so positive, that the manager of the grocery store came out and gave our food team a $100 gift card. “Take this to help with barbecue supplies.” How cool is that?
How has your church or ministry used food to reach the hearts of your community?