The number of people in need of a food box has increased over the last few years, but fortunately the number of churches and organizations distributing has increased as well, according to members of First United Methodist Church in Great Bend, who recently filled and delivered over 90 boxes.
Food gathering began in October. Members of the congregation were encouraged to bring food weekly. Each week emphasized a particular food. For instance, one week people brought boxes of cereal, another week, soups, or macaroni and cheese, etc.
Boxes were filled by members of the Church and Community Committee, chaired by Elaine Felke. On the delivery day meat and fresh produce were added. Those items were purchased from donations given by the Noon Lions Club and church members.
“The Noon Lions Club has been instrumental in providing additional funds each year, to help us meet our goal,” Felke said. “We always have enthusiastic members to help us pack and deliver the boxes to the recipients.”
Felke continued, “We are all so blessed to take part in this mission, and to receive the grateful thoughts and words from those who are given a box of groceries, in their time of need.”
Others who participated whole-heartedly agreed with her words.