Food Pantry Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers to help at the Bethany Christian Church food pantry! Join us the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 9:15—11:30am & 4th Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm.
Bethany Christian Church Food Pantry History
The food pantry at Bethany, called Faith Food Pantry, was started in 2005, when a young man visiting the congregation suggested it. Georgia Booker, the wife of the minister at the time, brought the idea to the Disciples Women Ministry. Bethany Faith Food Pantry was organized with a core of faithful Bethany members. In the beginning we couldn’t get meat from the Food Bank, so we used donations from the congregation to buy hotdogs. The pantry began by serving 25 clients twice a month. Flyers were sent to local schools and churches advertising the new mission.
Alice remembers that their first client, whose son attended Sims Elementary School, found a flyer about the pantry in his backpack. One of Alice’s most poignant memories of the beginning of the pantry is about an envelope placed in the church’s mailbox soon after the pantry opened. The envelope contained a note saying, “I am in need and I know others are too. Thank you for starting the pantry.” The envelope also contained $2.00.