|Mobile Pantry feeds 250 families|
|Written by News Desk|
|Saturday, 21 September 2013 08:55|
Photo (L-R): Veta Wall, Karen Martin and Peter Waldo of St. Michael Episcopal Church begin sorting food at their station.
By BRIAN HODGE
Bill Cunningham of W.E.L.C.O..M.E. (West Elmore Christian Outreach Mission Extension) says that the agency is able to provide even more meals than it expected this year for needy families thanks to their partnership with the Montgomery Food Bank. During W.E.L.C.O..M.E.'s two annual Mobile Pantry food drops, one of which was held last Friday, September 13, the group was able to provide twice as much food as last year.
W.E.L.C.O..M.E. is a partnership agency with the food bank for West Elmore County and uses the food bank to help provide for the nutrition assistance portion of its mission. By arrangement W.E.L.C.O..M.E. receives a pair of annual Mobile Pantry visits.
"Last year we received 12 pallets of food. This year we are receiving 24 pallets. This is an amazing help to W.E.L.C.O..M.E.," Cunningham said.
Each Mobile Pantry event in Millbrook this year provided enough food for 250 families. Each family registers with W.E.L.C.O..M.E. for the event. After the food is unloaded vehicles pass between a dozen tables and volunteers load the groceries directly into the cars. Mini-vans and other vehicles with storage space are common because some vehicles are picking up food for multiple families. The need in the community is great Cunningham says.
Cunningham said that the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church provide crucial funding for these Mobile Pantry events.
"The food is donated. The workers are volunteers. But there are still costs incurred to transport and distribute the food. The ECW have been very supportive of our mission when it comes to the Mobile Pantry," Cunningham said.
The Millbrook Civitan Club joined with W.E.L.C.O..M.E. to sponsor a Mobile Pantry earlier this summer. Likewise Millbrook Baptist Church, one of the dozen stakeholder churches that provides ongoing support to W.E.L.C.O..M.E., sponsored last Friday's Mobile Pantry.
What is W.E.L.C.O.M.E?
W.E.L.C.O.M.E is an inter-faith response designed to assist individuals and families affected negatively by the economy. W.E.L.C.O.M.E. is committed to helping anyone, regardless of income who can benefit from their assistance. However clients mostly fall into three categories: single-parent families, elderly persons raising grandchildren and married couples facing unemployment. If you need help or you would like to help please call 334-285-0150.
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