Local church helps ‘Feed the Need’ with over 3500 canned food donations
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – While some people are stocking their pantries at home for Thanksgiving dinner in just a few days, church members at Martha Bowman United Methodist are stocking the pantry at Macon Outreach this season.
“Today the Sunday before thanksgiving we did something a little unique that churches don’t often do,” said Associate Pastor Fran Magoni.
Try cutting services early to send its members grocery shopping for the holidays.
“We have invited our members to get in their cars and go to Kroger or Publix and we are going to pack the pantry at Macon Outreach,” she said.
Church goers at Martha Bowman United Methodist gave more than just their tithes and offering on Sunday.
“Moms, dads, kids they’ll be shopping, buying groceries, putting them in their cart,” she explained.
In fact many did double the damage at check out–all to help Macon Outreach ‘Feed the Need’ in the Middle Georgia this Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving is such a time of family and friends, and it’s really the time where we get together and celebrate around food. It’s so nice to have an opportunity like ‘Feed the Need’ in order to help those that don’t have food and just be able to go grocery shopping for somebody else,” said church member Sally Hammock.
The hundreds of food items they collected will go straight to families in need.
“Things that folks might need: peanut butter, canned goods,” said Magoni. “We picked up canned tuna, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cereal,” said church members Cam and Lindsey Mote.
Volunteers at both locations were responsible for boxing those items up right outside the store.
“Many of us will have an abundance of food, but there are people in our community who don’t have that same privilege or that same situation,” Magoni said.
The Mote family was happy to try to change that scenario for someone else this Thanksgiving.
“Sometimes you often forget about those that may have less than you, so this is a great opportunity for us to return the favor and give back to the community,” said Cam Mote.
Volunteers say in their first year doing the ‘Feed the Need’ initiative with Macon Outreach, they’ve collected more than 3500 canned food items for families in Middle Georgia.