A Night at Feeding Hands: A Volunteer Perspective

A Night at Feeding Hands Pantry

by Maria Gerick

Prayer tonight was AMAZING! The Holy Spirit worked so powerfully. People who walked in down cast, defeated, or with little expectation left with joy, a smile, and a new hope.

To watch a person be transformed like that was overwhelming, and I had to hold back the tears several times. Some of the women cried while I prayed for physical healing, finances, wisdom, strength, and more. One man said as he left the room, “Thank you…I feel like crying”. They were just so overwhelmed with God’s love.

Thanksgiving is coming!

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the team at Feeding Hands is ready to serve our guests. On Saturday, November 19, we're expecting more than 200 of them to come by to pick up a turkey and all the fixins' for a full Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanksgiving Tradition Feeding Hands Style

Thanksgiving Tradition Feeding Hands Style!

“By the goodness of God, we are so far from want”. These words were penned by William Bradford after the first Thanksgiving harvest celebration in the Colonies in 1621. All spring and summer, the colonists had worked together fishing, planting, harvesting, hunting and sharing equally among themselves…even sharing with those who were not strong enough to work due to the tragedy of their first winter in the New World.

Community Connections

Community Connections

From Farm to Table
By connecting with other organizations in the area, Feeding Hands became a recipient of the Wagner Farm Arboretum Giving Garden program. Starting in mid-summer and continuing through the fall, they harvest produce at the Rutgers Experimental Station in Pittstown. Each week one of our volunteers picks up the produce and delivers it not only to Feeding Hands, but to our Somerville neighbors, Agape House and S.H.I.P.

Empathizing Hearts

Backpacks to help students start school

What moved your heart to volunteer at Feeding Hands? At the wine tasting fundraiser, we asked our volunteers to share the story of what touched them. Here are just a few of those stories.

“There’s a young woman with 3 sons who came to the pantry. She was clearly very depressed when I first saw her. I remember telling her that things will get better, and I started praying for her. I told her sons it was their job to help her. About 3 weeks later, I saw them at the local market. I found out that her two sons had gotten jobs and were enrolled in college. I thought, “Jesus, if you can use me like that, I’m coming back!””

Hands Spotlight

Feeding Hands Board Member Jim Bennett introduces fellow Board Member, Chaplain Willie Alfonso, who spoke from the heart before announcing the silent auction.

On Thursday night, September 29, 2016, we held our very first fundraiser “Wine without the Whine” at Old York Cellars. Our theme for the night was “$1 to $6”. We shared how we can turn every dollar donated into six dollars’ worth of food for our clients. When all was done, we did the same at our fundraiser spending $1000 to produce the event and generating $6000 in net profit for the pantry. Coincidence? We think not!

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