John 6:35 -Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
What Is this Minsitry?
This ministry was started because of the lack of grocery options in the city of Lipscomb. Lipscomb Al is a food desert which means it is an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food.
This can have an effect on the citizens health, and it can effect the childrens grades in school. We have teamed up with the City of Lipscomb to provide the common house hold staple Red Beans and Rice. Red beans and rice is a nutrient-dense food,
providing plenty of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals relative to the amount of calories that it contains. In each of the bags we give out there is enough for 15+ servings.
All people are welcome to come get a bag no questions asked. We will be at City Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3-5PM or until bags run out. Please stop by we would love to meet you!
How Can I Help?
On each distribution day,(The 3rd Wednesday of each month) food will be distributed between the hours of 3-5PM or until gone, whichever comes first. Each family will receive three pounds of rice in one bag and 3 pounds of red beans in another bag. Any other food, including canned goods, fresh produce, peanut butter, etc. will be distributed in an equitable manner although each family may not get the same additional foods.
We would like to encourage our church members to bring food donations weekly and we can store them in a designated area.
What we need from Church Staff and Members:
- 1. Small red bean donations (if we are feeding 50 families we will need 100 lbs of beans -1 lb of beans is aprx 10-12 servings. This could give each family enough for 4-6meals for the month depending on how big the family is. Each 1 lb bag of dried small red beans runs about $1.50- $2.00) If each member brought 1 package of red beans we will have pleanty to give.
- 2. Rice Donations (if we are feeding 50 families we will need 150 lbs of rice- the most cost effective way to do this is Costco 25 lb bag of rice- $8...1 lb of rice yields apx 10 servings)
- 3. Container donations these could be quart
- 4. Chicken Bullion cube donations or chicken stock donations
- 5. Monetary Donations: These will be used for buying red beans, rice, tote bags, zip-locks, and boullion. If you don't have the time to donate goods, or keep forgetting we can do the shopping for you.
- 6. Volunteers to re-package rice and beans the week before the distribution day this usually happens at the Southlake Community Group at 6PM the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
- 7. 6-10 Volunteers on distribution day to set up tables and hand out packaged food.
- *Other things we can do to supplement the ministry
- *Bake bread. Use your own recipe or the recipe printed below for sourdough bread and starter. Bread may also be purchased and donated.
- *Donate can goods - slightly dented ok but must be before expiration date.
- *Donate peanut butter
If you have any questions about this ministry or would like to help in anyway, please contact Christi Cheek