"Leading people to Christ, Learning to be Disciples, Loving through service."
First United Methodist Church of Covington, TN
Monday, October 20, 2014

Bread of Life

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bread of Life
Community Outreach Ministry
 

Pantry distribution days and locations are as follows:

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month – First United Methodist Church, 145 W. Church Avenue, in Covington: (Education building)

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month – Located next to Brighton Bank, 7615 Highway 51 South, Suite 103 in Brighton.

If there are questions or more information is needed, please contact Grace Phelps at 476-9694 or gphelps_fumc@bellsouth.net .

 

Description of Ministry

In an effort to help to alleviate hunger among needy people in our community, First United Methodist Church has become a member agency in the Mid-South Food Bank, a division of a national non-profit food bank network called Feeding America, in order to begin a feeding ministry in Tipton County. There are currently no Mid-South Food Bank distribution agencies in north Tipton County or in Brighton currently, and there is great need in our community.

Mid-South Food Bank is an independent, nondenominational 501(c)(3) Tennessee corporation founded in 1981 and serves 200 agencies with 285 charitable feeding programs in 31 counties in west Tennessee, north Mississippi and east Arkansas.

Persons who come for food must be Tipton county residents and provide documentation that they meet one of six criteria required by the Mid-South Food Bank:

  1. Be current participants in the food stamp program; or

  2. Currently receive SSI (retirement or disability); or

  3. Be current recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or

  4. Currently live in public housing; or

  5. Be current participant in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; or

  6. Have total household income of less than 150% of the U.S. poverty income guideline based on their household size

 

If they qualify to receive food, they may receive one food distribution per household every 30 days from a Mid-South Food Bank member agency.

 

Since the food pantry opened in April 2010, we have distributed over 230 tons of food to over 1,500 different Tipton County families. On a monthly basis, food is distributed to between 350-400 families, averaging almost 8 tons of food each month. We have a pool of over 200 persons who serve regularly in the food pantry operation from 19 different church congregations and many individuals from civic and school organizations. Most volunteers work once a month.   

The food provided is designed to provide a balanced, nutritious supply of food, adjusted for the size of their household, for a seven-day period. It includes meats, vegetables, fruits, milk, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, and bread.
 

The pantry is staffed entirely by volunteers and funded entirely by freewill giving. If you would like to volunteer your time or contribute money to help us pay the shared maintenance costs of the food to the Mid-South Food Bank, we welcome your support and participation.

 

Boxed Food at Covington Food Pantry

 

Bread of Life Food Pantry Sign

 

Jamie Glenn at Brighton Food Pantry

 

 

Mattie Byrd and Barbara David hard at work on the bagging team at the Covington food pantry on Saturday, September 18, 2010.