These are some of the hundreds of  folks who came out very early Saturday to form a line at the Anderson Interfaith Ministries’ (AIM) ‘Manna Distribution’  that was sponsored by the Covenant Sunday School Class of First Presbyterian Church.  A truck from  Golden Harvest food Bank arrived at 8 a.m. filled with more than 7,000 pounds of food items that were distributed at no cost to these people by volunteers from First Presbyterian Church.  Food packages were distributed to 346 people this day.  The packages contained some fresh items; oranges, cabbage, broccoli, and potatoes, as well as Egg Beaters and canned sodas.  The wonderful volunteers (more than 75 of them) also brought coats and warm clothing  that they had collected and passed them out.  Adult and children volunteers served hot chocolate to warm them as they waited in line.  As you can imagine, this was a blessing on such a cold morning. 

We hear back from many that they like and need the food supplement and that they are thankful for the extra assistance in a more difficult than ever economy.  One spoke of how it helped her feed the grandchildren that she is raising.  Many mentioned other needs that they have; dental care, transportation, eye exams, medicines…the list goes on.  Of course we’re following up with those that we can help directly or through referrals to other agencies that can help with their particular need.

I mention all of this to reiterate the importance of serving others.  Serving others touches two lives…yours AND theirs.  If you’re not already serving our Lord through serving others, I encourage you to contact a local service agency in your community.  The joy you will receive is immeasurable!

I work within the Hunger Minstries of AIM, and although I love all of our programs, this one has a special place in my heart.  Witnessing so many being the hands and feet of God for those in need…well, it touches me deeply and uplifts my soul.  I know it affects others too.  That’s evidenced by the fact that we already have sponsors for these monthly distributions lined up through the end of Summer.

For more information on AIM’s Hunger Ministries or other programs, visit or call  226-CARE (2273)     afs