Recently, Feeding Hands Pantry has seen more and more groups asking to volunteer. All of our volunteers are from over a dozen churches including but not limited to Emmanuel Reformed Episcopalian Church, Liquid Church's new Somerville location, Jacob's Well's Somerville MC Group, along with local residents seeking ways to help out and many more.
As a former CPA, the Bible story of the tax collector, Zacchaeus, always bothered me. In my mind, when Zacchaeus decided to mend his ways, he could not possibly have enough money to honor his commitment to repay those he had cheated. I would read this story with a “but” missing the implication for my life.
Last night, the team of volunteers at Feeding Hands was overwhelmed by a massive, surprise donation from Finderne Rescue Squad!
During the pantry's regular Tuesday evening hours, the Finderne Rescue Squad pulled up in their rescue vehicle with a sleigh full of donations trailing behind. The Rescue Squad and the volunteers from Feeding Hands worked to get all of these donations unloaded and, when all was said and done, it was an AMAZING 976 pounds of food!
The vision of Feeding Hands is to develop a groundswell of individuals, churches, and businesses engaged in addressing poverty and helping those who are caught in its clutches.
In just 18 short months since we launched our first food pantry, we have grown so much. Starting only with a few postcards with our location on them, word of how we feed with dignity and love spread between those in need in the area. More and more came each month. In November, we served 231 families in only 14 total hours, providing each with a weeks’ worth of food. And although it sounds like an assembly line, it is not. Listen here to our guests beautiful words of thanks as proof.
Last Saturday, hands came together…a couple of hundred hands…Feeding Hands from 15 different churches…Feeding Hands with a heart to follow Christ…a heart to be His hands…a heart to love their neighbor as themselves…many churches being THE Church…united together so others may believe. We walked the perimeter Friday night, praying for all who would come. Praying that Jesus would be glorified.
Since its inception, Feeding Hands has been housed at the Emmanuel Church in Somerville, NJ. The pastor of that church, Jerry McLynn, recently shared on how that church prayed for and sought out Feeding Hands and how God continues to use that ministry to work in the life of his congregation.