By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
The holiday season is often seen as a time when families get together, sharing meals and giving gifts in celebration. For some, however, the meal itself is a gift during tough economic times.
God’s Outreach Madison County Food Bank, East Main Street, is seeking to deliver that gift with support from donors by launching their “Give the gift of food” campaign.
“The need in this community is growing by leaps and bounds,” according to volunteer and fundraiser Joyce Gullett.
Gullett said 19 families signed up to receive assistance from the food bank just on Wednesday, and God’s Outreach helps more than 1,400 families each month with supplemental food items. In addition, the organization give backpacks to more than 1,400 school children to ensure they have food over the weekend.
During the Give the Gift of Food campaign, donors can sponsor a family for $25 a month or $300 for the entire year. They can ensure a child gets a backpack each week for $10 a month or $120 for a year, or do both for $35 a month. The sponsored families also will receive a Christmas card letting them know someone in the community has thought of them during the season.
If people are unable to sponsor, they can donate money or nonperishable food items in any amount to the food bank. They also can give the donation of their time as a volunteer, either to help with programs or to spread awareness for God’s Outreach.
Gullett said the holiday season is especially busy for the food bank.
“In just a few days, we’ve done about a fourth of what we usually do in a month,” she said of the supplemental food being given out. “Until people can come and see what we do, it’s hard for them to imagine how bad it is in our community.”
God’s Outreach gives supplementary and emergency food to those in need Monday through Wednesday of each week. They also work to make sure senior citizens have a balanced and nutritional diet through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
Gullett said the organization is trying to be more visible to the public, and is interested in creating new partnerships with local businesses and organizations. Anyone interested can contact God’s Outreach and schedule a tour of the facility to get a better idea of the work that goes on there.
For more details about God痴 Outreach, the organization can be reached by calling 623-2220. They can also be found on Facebook or reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The food bank is at 1512 E. Main St., Richmond.
Seth Littrell can be reached at email@example.com or 624-6623.