What’s Working: Church living out mission to feed the hungry

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A local church is living out one of its biblical principals to feed the hungry.

Springhill Avenue United Methodist Church has had a food pantry for years, but in the last year, volunteers have doubled the number of people they are able to help. They now help about four hundred people per month.

Christine Willis is thankful for the food pantry, because after her husband died, she’s had trouble keeping food on the table.

“When hard times come along, you have to ask for help.  A lot of times, it’s hard and embarrassing, but they are so friendly,” Willis said.

The volunteers are friendly. Mark Brewer runs the food pantry. He has been instrumental in forming a partnership with the Midtown Publix on Old Shell Road. Now Publix donates bread and pastries.  The volunteers say it makes their heart happy to be able to help.

“I love it. There is nothing that makes me feel any better than working with other people. It helps me forget any problems I might have,” Brewer said.

“Just seeing them so happy, it is so satisfying. I am blessed to be able to do it.” Volunteer Evelyn Olaya said.

Pastor Jon Seale is proud that his congregation has stepped up to help the hungry in the community.

“So many have to make the decision, ‘do I pay a bill, or do I have food.’ We want to be here to help them,” Rev. Seale said.

The church holds its food distribution every Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. They have an emergency food pantry open to people in dire need, but they are always in need of donations. If you would like to donate, contact the church at (251) 471-2461 or visit their website here.

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