Thanks to Anne Townsley who wrote this reflection on a morning of service with the Mission Team at the ICM food pantry!
Last Saturday members of the DHPC Mission Team were fortunate to have a wonderful experience while serving at the Intown Collaborative Ministry food pantry. Because DHPC supports ICM financially and our team works to connect the congregation to the work of ICM, we were curious about just how the pantry operates. We were all amazed to see how well the pantry functions, especially on the day we served when, not only were we new to this weekly event, but so were the 18 middle school and three adult volunteers, from Mobile, Alabama.
On Saturday, 87 family units were served in a compassionate and caring way. Coffee, pastries, and yogurt were served when the guests arrived. Naturally, this small breakfast was well received. Many of the guests had been waiting in the sunny parking lot for quite a while and needed the welcome sustenance. Sally Oakes, the director of the pantry, upon realizing how many volunteers she had, began assigning special projects to some of the middle school volunteers. The young people were pleased to make “welcome home” cards for men for whom housing had recently been realized. They also worked hard at bagging beans and rice to be distributed to the guests. The food to be given out was arranged on tables in a grocery store manner, making everyone feel comfortable as they went through, making their own food choices.
Members of the Mission Team were pleased to reconnect with friends from the community who came to get food from the Pantry. Old faces were recognized by those who had served in the past at the men’s shelter and at the weekly meal for the neighborhood hungry. Seeing these friendly faces from days past brought up fond memories and was simply the icing on the cake of a lovely morning of service. The Mission Team hopes that you will consider serving at the food pantry. Specific days of service for DHPC members and friends will be available in the near future. Please contact me, Anne Townsley, or Pastor Elizabeth with any questions about the food pantry or how to serve.