The Food Ministry of our church was started in 1997 where people in need were able to pick up donated food items from the church office. By the end of the year, there were too many people coming by the office seeking food assistance. The Ministry Program (as a mission of First Baptist Church of Live Oak) was started with church volunteers. The church joined the Food Bank of Suwannee County which is now called “Gateway Food Bank of Lake City”. The church established a designated fund for donations so food could be purchased for this ministry. Years later, the church established an annual budget to further support the financial needs of this growing ministry. During March 2014, in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the program, First Baptist Church Food Ministry partnered with LOVE IN THE NAME OF CHRIST (LOVE, INC). The role of this agency is to screen clients for their financial eligibility and provide a more effective ministry touch point. LOVE, INC also assists us in securing food donations for the ministry.
Volunteers Are Always Needed for the Tasks Listed:
- Pick up food from “Gateway Food Bank of Lake City”
- Receive food on Monday mornings at the Food Ministry
- Place food in bags for recipients
- Register food recipients
- Carry out food in carts to the parking lot for recipients
- Pray for the Food Ministry and with food recipients