on January 1, 2008 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Meals as ministry

Bev Crabtree has a passion—not for a handsome movie star or new clothes, but for Our Daily Bread of Seneca, a volunteer ministry. Bev and other board members oversee the preparation of 18,060 meals per year — each of which are served to an average of 70 people.

“Five days a week, we serve hot meals with a tossed salad; the number of people we serve has increased due to unemployment. We’re grateful to BI-LO for the donation of bread and sweets every day. We need food and money after the holiday season. Fresh fruit, canned goods, coffee, tea, lemonade mix, sugar, flour, frozen turkeys and hams are appreciated.”

I had the opportunity to sample a delicious meal in the attractive site this ministry calls home. My drink was served by Rev. Ed Mainous. Rev. Mainous was celebrating his birthday by giving back to others. I shared a table with Mr. Manuel who sometimes gets work on a construction crew. He relies on others to drive him to the meal site on Jordan St. near the Seneca Post Office.

Our Daily Bread shares their building with Homebound Missions volunteer ministry. Every Saturday, at 5:30 a.m., the Homebound Missions staff assembles to pack food in containers for delivery to homebound Oconee residents. Cooking students at the Hamilton Career Center prepare the food. Each Saturday, Judy Beck, Lucius Uldrick and volunteers assure the delivery of two hundred meals. Ten extra meals are prepared for walk-ins. A person should walk in by 8 a.m. to receive a meal. Volunteer positions include route leaders, sign in persons and drivers.

“We have a pressing need for a co-director and a route coordinator,” Uldrick commented.

The Rock Assembly of God operates another type of food ministry located off Highway 11 near Heritage Memorial Gardens. The Rock is a new site of Angel Food Ministry. An Angel Food box offers a variety of foods including: ground meat, chicken, frozen foods and other staples. With the purchase of one $30 box, an optional special foods box averages $18. Next order date is Jan. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., pick up is Jan. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Recently, The Rock’s Pastor Scott Lish gave a challenge to his congregation called, The Month After. Deanna Quesnel, Church Secretary explains, “Needy people receive numerous food donations in December. They still have to eat in January.”

Pastor Lish asks members of the community and his church to donate funds for one hundred boxes for the needy in January. If you’d like to accept Rev. Lish’s challenge, mail a $30 check payable to: The Rock Assembly of God, 290 Critter Road, Westminster, SC 29693. Earmark the check, Angel Food – One Month After. For other information call Deanna Quesnel, (864) 638-0145.

Marvin Cannon, Coordinator of Clemson Meals on Wheels, needs drivers and donations. Ingle’s Deli on Highway 93, Clemson, prepares meals for 35-40 people in the Clemson area. Call Marvin at (864) 654-4916 if you can help.

A common thread running through my conversations with volunteer leaders of these organizations is a thank you to BI-LO, Ingles Hometown Foods and the many churches and individuals who join hands in filling the needs of the hungry.

Food ministries in our area do need money and food, but what do they need most?

Look in the mirror; it’s you!

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To Give a Hand Up

Our Daily Bread

106 Jordan St.

Seneca, SC 29678

(864) 882-3308

M-F 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Except Thanksgiving and Christmas

Follows Oconee schools’ schedule for inclement weather

Donations (tax-deductible):

Our Daily Bread

PO Box 609

Salem, SC 29676

Volunteers: Charleah McMillan

(864) 653-8995

Home Bound Missions (tax-deductible soon)

Donations:

Charles Fox, Treasurer

814 Ploma Drive

Seneca, SC 29678

Volunteers:

Lucius Uldrick (864) 885-1824

United Christian Ministries

Staple food items

Easley, SC

(864) 855-0853

The Rock Assembly of God

Angel Food Ministry

290 Critter Road

Westminster, SC 29693

Volunteers: Deanna Quesnel

(864) 638-0145

SENIOR Solutions

Home Delivered Meals Program

101 Perry Ave.

Seneca, SC 29678

Information:

Debra Cobb

(864) 885-1000

Clemson Meals on Wheels

Clemson Area Only

Tax-deductible donations:

PO Box 1415

Clemson, SC 29633

Oconee Aid Assoc.

United Way Agency

105 Harrison Ave.

Walhalla, SC 29691

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1-5 p.m.

(864) 638-6963

needs canned meat items