They say it takes a village to raise a child; so likewise, it takes a group of volunteers to conduct a Mobile Food Pantry. This was the case at the Bethel Community Building on April 2. Pastors from the local Anson East-Union Methodist churches led the effort to provide supplemental food for clients. Nearly 30 volunteers worked to unload the food truck and distribute the various food items.
The Anson Crisis Ministry, a local food agency, has partnered with the Methodist churches to conduct the 2014 Mobile Food Pantries. The weather was perfect and many clients brought their chairs and spent their extra time renewing old friendships and making new friends. The picture was similar to a summer family reunion with hugs and laughter among the crowd.
Over 200 individual households received food from the Second Harvest Food Bank. Foods received were peanut butter, white potatoes, oats, frozen chicken leg quarters, coffee, green beans, applesauce and much more. There were baskets, boxes, wagons, and carts brought by the clients to use for transporting the food back to their cars or trucks.
At the registration table, clients were required to provide their 2014 proof of all household income to be eligible for the food distribution.
The next Mobile Food Pantry will be held on June 4 at Lilesville United Methodist Church. For more information, call 704-694-2445.