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!

Join Us For Wine Without The Whine!

Wine with the Whine!

Experience a night free from politics, taste some fabulous wines, and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, all the benefit Feeding Hands Pantry! On September 29 from 6:30pm to 9pm, we'll be hosting our first Wine Without The Whine event at the Old York Cellars. You'll get six wine tastings, light hors d'oeuvres and great conversation, with all funds raised going directly to Feeding Hands Pantry.

Taken for Granted

There are many duties we do in our homes we do not think twice about: Doing our laundry, cleaning up the kitchen table or our living space, doing dishes, brushing our teeth. Try putting yourself in a world where you not only have to think about doing these tasks, but also whether you have what you need to do them. The average food stamp assistance is $29 a week (yes, a week!) For a single person, this is a tight budget, but for a family it barely makes a dent.

Founder & Exec. Director Honored As Woman of the Year

Founder & Exec. Director Honored As Woman of the Year

On Friday, March 18, 2016, Lois Bennett, Founder and Executive Director of Feeding Hands Pantry was honored for her contributions to Somerset County, and was recognized as one of their women of the year for 2016. Below, watch as Lois accepts the award and shares with the attendees more about the amazing work that Feeding Hands Pantry does, and how God has provided so incredibly in this ministry. Each of the 11 winners were recognized at a banquet in Somerset that evening, where hundreds of supporters, volunteers and dignitaries were in attendance. Along with being able to share more about the ministry, Lois was honored with an award statue, plaque, and other gifts.

Pay It Forward

Pay it forward

Right around Valentine's Day, we, in an unusual happening, had no produce donations come in. This left our produce room barren, but God Knows what we need. An angel donated bouquets of flowers. Confused by God's line of events, we pressed on and offered these flowers to the women coming through.