A local church is taking a multi-faceted approach to fighting hunger in the area, enlisting businesses to assist with food drives, raising money with movie nights, and utilizing the summer heat to facilitate sales of shaved ice treats.
“Our goal is to grow our food bank so we can do open pantry twice a month to give out food to those who are in need,” said Debbie White, spokesperson for Christians in Action, a mission group at Mount Airy First Pentecostal Holiness Church.
White and her husband, Jim, have taken over responsibility for the church’s food pantry. Not having a formal title, Debbie characterized herself as “God’s employee” before settling on “food pantry volunteer.” She said it’s all a part of helping her pastor Brian Frazier fulfill his vision of getting food out to the community and helping to feed those in need.
“We’re going to take it, grow it, and run with it,” said White. “Our service market is Surry County, and we’re working in an effort to get perishable and non-perishable food to those in our community in need.
“Our mission is to give hope to families who struggle to put food on their table. We want to feed hungry families right here at home, in our community. We believe that the generosity of others inspires hope,” said White.
White described the twist they’re taking on food drives, saying the church is asking local businesses to allow them to leave empty grocery bags in their stores with a flyer inside explaining the project. After dropping the bags off, they’ll leave them a week or two, and then pick them up full of non-perishable food.
“We want to have a monthly open pantry and grow it to a couple of times a month,” said White. The first is scheduled for July 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Food drives have already been scheduled for the next three months and more are on the way, starting with Family Dollar, Cana, Virginia, on July 13 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Dollar General on Renfro Street next to Ollie’s Bargain Outlet on Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Save-A-Lot on Carter Street Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
In order to raise money to purchase perishable food for their pantry, White said the Kona Ice truck will be in Mount Airy on July 28 with more details to come later on that, and they will also be hosting a “Movie under the Stars “ night sometime in late August.
“Lots of great things coming out of our church that will pour God’s love into our community.” said White.
Contact Mount Airy First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 132 Chadwick Lane, Mount Airy, NC 27030, or Pastor Brian Frazier for more information about how you can help. The email address is [email protected] — phone number is 336-789-9511.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.