Here is a quick update on the past two months at MCFR, as so much has happened in such a short period of time. We’ve pulled in four new Subway restaurants, Ryan’s Steakhouse, two McAlister’s Deli locations and our fourth Little Caesars. In the month of September we rescued 7,798.25 lbs. In October we rescued 21,016.7 lbs. God just continues to bless us beyond our wildest dreams, and we can’t wait to see what November and December will hold. Thanks again for all the prayers and support!
Recently I listened to a vice principal from one of the schools in the area talk about how real poverty and hunger is prevalent in this community. This person explained how real it is, and how when you pull a child in and start talking to them, many of them live in households where their only meals come from the free breakfast and lunch they receive at school. This vice principal explained how disheartening it was to hear this from such young kids, who can’t change the situation they’re currently in!
It seems more and more people are talking about the reality of hunger in our nation and especially here in our county. I don’t want anyone to feel like we beat a dead horse with this issue but it‘s one that’s real and is very pressing. When administrators are discussing how bad it has become you know it’s real! It makes us thankful to the restaurants that partner with us currently to help provide weekly meals to families and shelters. We appreciate everything that’s given to us and feel honored that more and more restaurants continue to give to us and partner with us. God is doing big things through this organization and we can’t wait to see where He takes all of us in the next few months!
I was extremely blessed to hear a young women share last week how she started a non-profit, in which she traveled city to city putting together large meals where she fed the homeless of that city. While serving the meals she was able to share Christ with them and tell them how valuable they are to God, and how they are worth more than gold to Him.
It was so encouraging to hear someone who shares a similar vision and desire as our organization. Hearing her success and how she was so blessed by the men and women she came in contact with was uplifting. Our God is so amazing and has so many awesome plans in store for each and every one of us.
I cant help but burst with joy and excitement at what God is doing through us and what’s surely to come if we stay faithful to His plan for our organization. We are so blessed as an organization to be able to do all we do in the name of Christ Jesus. It’s so exciting to hear how God is working through others to feed the hungry, and share His gospel while doing it. God is working not only here in Morgan County but all over our nation. I’m so excited to see where God takes us next!
I was recently informed of a documentary called “A place at the table.” It was made in 2012, highlighting the growing number of adults and children who are hungry in America. As I was watching this 90 minute film I was shocked by statistics that were being shown. All of us here at MCFR know about food insecurity and what it means, but I had no idea that a single mom with two children can’t exceed $24,000 a year; if she does she can’t qualify for food stamps. This makes it virtually impossible to keep her kids clothed, bills paid and child care paid and still have enough money for groceries each week, let alone anything healthy or nutritious.
The film brought up a good point saying that when we as Americans think of hunger, we picture a malnourished child in Africa. We don’t think about hunger being right here in our back yard. We see children who are obese and believe they are being overfed, when in reality many times they are the ones hungry and are overweight because all that their parents can afford is chips, cookies, pop, and the like, making them lose focus in school, become developmentally delayed and obese because they aren’t getting the proper nutrition.
Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, hunger is a huge issue and one that 50 million Americans face every day. Not only can some hardly survive with food stamps, some can’t even qualify, making it virtually impossible for them to keep their children and themselves fed weekly. Watching this video was heart-wrenching, and extremely eye-opening. All of this makes our job here so much more precious to us, and allows us to realize that what we are doing will help hundreds, if not thousands, weekly.
We want to see a change in these statistics! We want to see an end to hunger! We don’t want families to be faced with the struggle of not knowing where they can get there next meal. This has further driven us to do all we can do, to help all those in need around us. We’re so blessed here to have this opportunity daily to help those in need and to be able to it all in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We pray that God continues to bless us with partners and places to donate this food to. Thanks for your help and concern!
Since the last time we’ve blogged a lot has gone on at Morgan County Food Rescue. We added a new partner, Starbucks in Martinsville, who are blessing us with wonderful pastries and scones. We also have a new addition to the employees here at MCFR. God continues to bless us with new opportunities and continues to open doors. We ask for prayer for discernment as we embark on new ventures.
Thanks for the continued support, we feel very blessed by you all.
While shopping in Target this weekend I stumbled upon a display that was named “FEED.” The name stuck out to me for obvious reasons and I had to walk up and see what it was about. The display had clothing items, purses and jewelry. Each item has FEED somewhere located on it as well as a number. The number stands for how many meals will be donated to a hungry family in the United States when you purchase the item.
It has been crazy busy at MCFR the last few weeks but it’s been completely worth it. We recently took on more partners, and have received some awesome items from them; things that we hadn’t been receiving from any of our
other partners. This is wonderful, as we love variety and so do the organizations that we give to. We feel beyond grateful that God continues to bless this ministry and keeps helping us take on more and more partners to have
more food to donate to the awesome organizations we partner with.
We continue to pray that the word will get out causing more restaurants, cafeterias and stores will wish to partner with us. We want to be completely overwhelmed with the amount of food items coming in our doors. We pray this daily to have more food than we could ever imagine enabling us to be able to give to even more organizations than we already do. And after researching places where people can receive food, there are only seven places in our county listed, and a couple of them are very small. So the way that we see it is that some of these places probably struggle to always have enough food to hand out. Thus, what we’re doing is even more important, and the more people we receive from the more food we can give out and the more organizations we can give to.
Please continue to pray daily for us and our efforts here at Morgan County Food Rescue. We want to continue to grow and continue to help those in need here in our county. With people continually praying over our ministry and
talking about it we’ve seen such a difference in responses to partnership. We can’t wait to see what all God will do through this ministry and we pray that we are always faithful in everything we do.
"Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
(1 Corinthians 4:2)
Blessings, MCFR Team
Change…it’s just something that happens whether we want it to or not. It’s something that we adjust to, and adapt to. Change is often painted in such a negative light, yet many times change is just what we need to move forward in life. We here at Morgan County Food Rescue have gone through so many changes over the past 3 months. God has placed many opportunities in our path that we never saw coming and honestly would have never dreamed of. But we’ve quickly adjusted to the changes and it’s amazing to see what God has done.
Three months ago we never imagined we’d be receiving as much food as we are; it’s been such an amazing
blessing to not only our organization, but the organizations that we deliver to. God knew on day one the changes that would occur and how we’d adjust to them. We like to believe that we have been faithful in every choice made throughout this time. Our prayer is to be faithful to Him always, so He will continue to provide for everyone here in Morgan County.
We also did not know who God would bring alongside us here at MCFR. I speak not only of the restaurants and companies that are donating food, but also the people that would serve with us in picking up the food, labeling
it, and distributing it. Our workforce continues to grow.
We pray daily that God continues to bless us so we can bless others. Our goal, which I’ve stated on multiple occasions, is to make sure no mouth goes unfed in Morgan County. We’ve grown to love and enjoy change as an organization; it’s kept us moving forward in this continual fight against hunger. We continue to seek prayers, that we are faithful to God and that we remember what our purpose is as an organization. We pray to have the kind of faith Matthew 17:20 speaks about: “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a
mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
I was recently amazed by a passage that was so kindly pointed out to me; one that I've heard on multiple occasions but never thought about the connection until now. The passage pointed out to me was John 6, about Jesus feeding the 5,000. The verse that stood out was John 6:12: "When they all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’"
"Let nothing be wasted." It was amazing to me that for so many years I had completely overlooked this part of the verse. It is a statement that should've stuck out to me for so many reasons, yet I seemed to focus more on the fact that Jesus made a meal for 5,000 with so little. But now, as I continue to read this passage, it means so much more, as I work for an organization that saves what is left over in order to give it to people who will not be wasteful with it. People who will make the most of what's given to them, and be appreciative of it no matter what it is.
All of us here at Morgan County Food Rescue want everything we do to be biblically based, and having words like this from scripture, from the lips of Jesus, helps us realize we are on the right track. God has blessed us as a nation with so much, so why wouldn't we want to bless others in any way that we can? By saving, and being resourceful we can help organizations continue to stay open and help feed those in our community.
God has blessed us with so many wonderful companies that bless us daily with food, and has also placed so many wonderful organizations in our path to give this food to. We pray that we continue to thank Him for everything and let
all praise, honor and glory go to Him.