Friday, December 2, 2011

Feeding the Hungry

This morning I had the wonderful privilege of watching the joy on the faces of the realtors of North Arkansas as they helped load up the food they had purchased for 10 area food banks.  Please allow me to share that joy with you!

When we arrived, the fork lift driver was already hard at work unloading the big truck.
Gary found the person in charge to find out where we were to be in the pick up line.
All the cartons were unloaded before any food bank representatives picked up their share.

Then the realtors jumped in and began loading trucks, vans, and trailers with the food that they had graciously provided.  Representatives from area banks also helped with the loading.

At least ten area food banks were given donations, plus area shelters and the Salvation Army!

Then came our turn to receive a donation for the food bank alliance we represented.

We took the delivery to a church that graciously shares its space for an area food distribution center.

This is inside one of the food rooms.  This volunteer is showing me the empty shelves after supplying 96 families with food the day before.

My husband Gary wheeling in the food we picked up which the realtors had purchased.  We are blessed to have a great bunch of realtors who stock the food bank shelves every Christmas Season!

Just a sampling of the foods...

And of course, peanut butter and ramen noodles!

Thank you to the realtors for donating their time as well as food at this Christmas Season.Thank you to this church which so graciously provides space for a food room.  And thank you to the many volunteers from the area churches that work together in this food alliance to feed the hungry in our area. It was our joy to be able to have a tiny part in delivery!  

This reminds me of the words of Jesus from Matthew 25 where Jesus says, 
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

From the words of some wonderful 6th graders as quoted in a former post,


Pamela said...

Beautiful expression of the Love of God. Truly sheltering at its best. It warms my heart. It must warm the heart of God, too.


Whidbey Woman said...

From Matthew 25: ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This will be such a blessing to so many struggling to feed themselves and their families. God bless those realtors.

Lisa notes... said...

This warms my heart. I volunteer occasionally at a distribution center to the needy in my area, and I love seeing so many people helped because of Christ's servants here.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

there's something so amazing in giving. It's not just the people receiving that's us....thanks for sharing this...and I hope you have an awesome weekend.

Just Be Real said...

Great cause. Blessings.

Charlotte said...

What a blessing for the realtors and those who received the donated food. Another instance of it being more blessed to give than receive. Thank you for sharing this.

Unknown said...

It is far better to give than to receive.