Local Church Helps Struggling Food Bank
Congregation To Buy Non-Perishable Food Items
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Staff with Union Gospel Mission tells FOX 21 with outside donations down, they have run out of food several times this winter.
The non–profit sometimes serves more than 100 people every day — either feeding them hot meals from their kitchen or giving out boxes of food.
Union Gospel Mission has been buying food to fill their pantry, and sometimes they are even forced to close the food shelf.
“Getting food here at the mission has been an ongoing struggle for quite some time,” said Kerri Hauser, with the Union Gospel Mission. “That’s why we are always looking for people outside in the community to help donate food.”
After Lakeview Covenant Church in Duluth heard about their need, they stepped up to help.
This Sunday — immediately after their two services — the entire congregation will converge on Super One grocery stores in Kenwood and Lakeside to purchase food to fill the shelves of Union Gospel Mission.
“Some of our goals is we wanna feed the physically poor and the spiritually poor in our community,” Lakeview Covenant Church Lead Pastor Eric Bain said. “We wanna create goodwill, we wanna create a sense of wonder as to what’s going on. We want to invite people from outside of our walls to partake in meeting this urgent need right here in our community.”
“It’s amazing how you can get one church to come together as a team to help people in need,” said Hauser.
Community members can also get in on the action.
Church members and trucks will be on site this Sunday at the Kenwood and Lakeside Super One locations from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. taking donations of nonperishable food items.
Lakeview says they’re hoping this event will inspire other churches in town to do a drive like this for other food banks.