Sunday, September 13 was designated by the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church as CTC Serve Day. On this day, churches across the conference focused on serving the community in a way that connects to the issue of hunger.
First United Methodist Church of Hurst partnered with Mission Central for their CTC Serve project, and showed their support through their gifts and service.
In the week before the event, Mission Central hosted our monthly Mobile Food Pantry, and FUMC Hurst members were encouraged to volunteer on that day. More than 20 members were present to help share groceries with more than 350 families during the September 11 Mobile Food Pantry.
Church members also had the opportunity to pick up red grocery bags throughout the months of August and September. Each bag contained a list of Mission Central's most-needed items, and members were asked to fill the bags with the listed items. Bags were returned to church by the morning of September 13.
The next morning, more than 20 volunteers from the church gathered to sort the items and bring them back to Mission Central. These amazing volunteers worked together to process the entire 13,128 pound donation in just a few hours. (That's more than 6 tons of food!)
This food has been a blessing to Mission Central and will continue to be a blessing for many weeks ahead. Our shelves are now overflowing with peanut butter, canned soups, canned meats, juice, shelf-stable milk, and toilet paper.
Special thanks to everyone who contributed bags to the project, and especially to the volunteers who helped sort and transport the items. More than 400 families visit the Village Pantry each month, and these groceries will ensure that these families will have plentiful, healthy foods in the days following their visit.