Bread of Life Food Pantries/Feed my People Hunger Program
Hunger in America -- Did you know...
- 870 million plus people around the world do not have enough food to eat on any given day.
- In the United States, 1 in 7 Americans, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors do not have enough food to eat on a regular basis.
- Nearly 300,000 different individuals turn to food agencies across 18 counties in North Carolina due to hunger issues.
- Over the past 3 years, there has been a 62% increase in the number of requests for food assistance.
- 84% of households report purchasing the cheapest food available, even thought it wasn’t the healthiest option.
- 73% of households report choosing between paying for food and buying medicine and or/medical care.
- 72% of households report choosing between paying for food or transportation.
- The greater Winston Salem area was ranked the worst metro area in the United States in having families with children not having sufficient food on the table.
- Nearly 35% of households with children in our communities said “yes” when asked if there were times within the year when they did not have enough to eat.
- 24% of feeding programs had to cut back on hours of operation or limited their services in 2014.
- Six food pantries closed their doors in 2014 due to not enough donations of food coming in to sustain their ministries.
- 41% of the senior adult population states that they are hungry some of the time.
Through faith initiatives among the 90 PMBA congregations, the Bread of LIfe Food Pantry and the Feed My People Hunger Initiative were born. We started with a few shelves of food at the PMBA Resource Center. Soon, we outgrew our “closet” and had to seek another place. Through the kindness and desire to help, Forest Hill Baptist Church, opened their doors to our ministry and we began the “Bread of Life Food Pantry.” Numerous clients have crossed our doors from within our own churches, 41% of our client base are senior adults over the age of 66. The average social security income for most seniors who visit our food pantry is $703 per month.
The second largest group to come to the Bread of Life Food Pantry are single parents, with 18% being single dads and 39% being single moms. 12% of our clients are grandparents with the responsibility for grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In October 2015, we had to seek another location for the Bread of Life Food Pantry. The Bread of Life Food Pantry is now located at Northwest Baptist Church, 407 Petree Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. It is less than 2 miles from our previous location. Most of our clients have made the transition to our new location and we have expanded our ministry efforts to include new families near the present location as well as clients from all areas where PMBA congregations exist. We take referrals from any PMBA congregation, assisting several families from Davie, Stokes, Rockingham Counties as well as the numerous families from Forsyth County.
We have expanded our efforts, partnering with other agencies in Stokes, Surry, and Davie counties to provide food for more people. We have responded to local agencies, accepting referrals from the Department of Social Services, Crisis Control, Salvation Army, and local schools upon an as-need basis. We operate strictly from donations of food and money, along with a grant we receive from the North American Mission Board and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
How can you help?
1. Support the NC Hunger Offering
2. Participate in the Winston-Salem, Forsyth County CROP Hunger Walk in October of each year.
3. Consider making the Bread of Life Food Pantry a part of your church’s Hunger initiative. (Remember: We always take time to minister to our clients, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, handing out devotional material, praying with our clients and even visiting them in the hospital or attending funerals.)
4. Two church-wide food drives per year by your congregation can make all the difference! Volunteering 2 - 4 hours once a month, enables us to be more than just a Food Pantry. Praying for this ministry, energizes and gives hope to those who do volunteer and open their pocketbooks to help!
- that all people deserve dignity, opportunity for employment and a future free of hunger
- that Christ’s message for us in Matthew 25 is just as relevant today as it was when He first spoke them;
- that we are to not only provide food but also equip people with the tools, education, and resources to bring about a positive transformation in the lives of those who need help.
If you need a speaker or would like to learn more about the Feed My People Hunger Initiatives of the Pilot Mountain Baptist Association, please contact Karen Taylor (336-830-8189 or 414-0812) or Kathy Triplette (336-831-3905). We are both available to speak to any mission group or your church as a whole.