Food Distribution Ministry
How a GPC outreach ministry helps to support various food ministries in our community
The GPC Food Distribution Ministry started when we contacted the Giant Eagle Express in Harmarville to purchase food for our monthly Neighborhood Table dinner. As we were finalizing menus for those dinners, Giant Eagle asked if we could make good use of their unused food that they had to throw away every day because no one was picking it up. We agreed and, from there, this new outreach ministry took off.
The amount of donated food was a lot!
Giant Eagle said that they could donate about $3,000 worth of bread and bakery foods per month and $250 of unused frozen meat each week.
How we get the food from Giant Eagle Express to various food ministries
GPC organized a team of dedicated drivers from our congregation and from the local community. The drivers pick up the unused bread and baked goods daily, and the unused frozen meat once a week from Giant Eagle Express. The donated food is then distributed to three food ministries in our community: the Bread of Life Food Pantry, the Elfinwild Meals Ministry, and the Neighborhood Table.
How can you participate?
One of our goals is to have many drivers and thus limit the driving time needed to about one hour per day. We can always use more drivers – regularly scheduled drivers or substitute drivers. To learn more, or to sign up to be a driver, contact Jimmy Martin, Henry Long, or Ken Wood.