Church still offering food boxes to needy

Heading into its second year, the offering of food boxes to needy residents from the Community Care Ministry at the Apostolic Way United Pentecostal Church here is seeing much success.
Through contributions from the congregation, donations, and funds from the church, the ministry has been able to help many families in need during the past year.
Each month, volunteers from the church prepare 25 food boxes, which then are given out on a first-come, first-served basis on the third Sunday of the month, explained Pastor Sean Ward.
He noted all of the food boxes are picked up most months.
The food boxes are available to anyone. No one is asked to fill out paperwork nor are they required to demonstrate a need.
“There are no strings attached—it’s just to help out,” Pastor Ward stressed. “We’re not interested in finding out how much [money] people are making.”
He indicated when people pick up the boxes, they receive a genuine Christian greeting, the food box, and an informational brochure to take home.
Each box is filled with enough items to provide about five meals to a family in need. The food consists of non-perishable items, as well as fresh bread and/or buns.
But Pastor Ward noted they often change up the contents so the boxes don’t contain the same items month after month.
So far, the church ministry has not needed to go beyond preparing more than the 25 boxes, but Pastor Ward said they are ready to respond that if there is an emergency.
“There’s going to be a pamphlet posted in all the agencies in the next week to show all the dates of pick-up,” he remarked, though adding the food boxes typically can be picked up on the third Sunday of the month from 5-6:45 p.m. at the Apostolic Way (located at 1345 Emo Rd.)
Due to an error in production, the original story about the food boxes—which had appeared in the Jan. 3, 2007 edition of the Times—ran again on Page A3 last week.
It had indicated the food boxes could be picked up on the first Sunday of the month, which is no longer the case.
“The reason for the change is for people who get paid at the end of the month, the third Sunday would be towards the end [of the pay period],” Pastor Ward explained.
He can be contacted at 274-9170 (church) or via e-mail at upcff@nwonnet.net