Giving Locally: Eminence Christian Church Food Pantry Provides Nourishment for Body & Soul

CFMC COVID-19 Emergency Fund in Action

Written By: Robin Reid

Throughout history, especially during times of crisis like COVID-19, we find churches often leading the effort to help people in need. Whether it’s providing food, shelter, counseling, or other types of assistance, church doors are open to everyone.

It’s the Biblical principle from Matthew 25:35 that motivates many churches to respond when individuals and families are experiencing food insecurity. This Bible verse states: “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me in.”

In Morgan County, we have several faith-based organizations like Eminence Christian Church who are not only providing food to individuals and families but more importantly, they speak words of encouragement and hope.

Food pantry volunteers Emily Gore, Shelby Gore, Rhonda Foote, and Sarah Finney wear protective masks to ensure the safety of the people they serve.

The Community Foundation of Morgan County (CFMC) understands food insecurity is a real problem in our communities. That’s why we established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support local food pantries that serve our most vulnerable and at-risk residents.

“We are extremely grateful to CFMC for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund money. The number of people we serve significantly increased to 814 individuals in this month alone,” said Sarah Finney, Co-Chair and Food Coordinator for Eminence Christian Church Food Pantry. “This money allows us to buy more food so we can meet the needs of people.”

According to Finney, her church started a food pantry in January 2014. The pantry is open the first and third Thursdays of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. Food is also available when there is an emergency.

If you or someone you know needs food, the Eminence Christian Church Food Pantry has canned items, dry and frozen foods, produce, dairy as well as hygiene products. Due to the current pandemic, the pantry is a drive-thru service as volunteers bring a box of food to each vehicle.

Food donations are always accepted. “We receive donations from both our church members and the Eminence community. We are very thankful for all of the support we receive,” added Finney.

When asked about the people they serve and if anyone has touched her heart, Finney said, “At Eminence Christian Church, we have been blessed to assist so many families, all of whom have touched our hearts. Recently, we helped a grandmother who was raising her grandchildren on her own after her husband died unexpectedly. We had a father come into the pantry with his children and they were struggling with homelessness. I also think of a couple who were both terminally ill and we were able to help them. All of the families we serve hold a very special place in our hearts. They are part of the Eminence Christian Church family.”

Food Coordinator Sarah Finney and Rhonda Foote are thankful for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which allows them to buy more food and help more people.

Supporting our local food pantries with emergency funding is a real solution to meet the needs of at-risk individuals and families. Currently, the grant funds are available for the next two weeks or as long as CFMC receives additional donations. We know the problem of food insecurity will continue to grow due to COVID-19. Be a part of this solution. Donate today at www.cfmconline.org.

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