Midland Journey of Hope, one of our 160 partner agencies, was recently featured in our April 2015 Breaking Bread newsletter. Here are some more pictures and stories from our great visit with them!
Midland Journey of Hope is based out of Midland Baptist Church, but is actually ran out of an old schoolhouse right across the street from the church in Bell Buckle, TN.
Those receiving food patiently wait their turn.
Volunteers help hand out food to our neighbors in need as they go through the lines. Volunteers from 7 different churches come together to help out. "It's a true community effort," said Doug Mitchell, pastor of Midland Baptist Church.
This is 5-year-old Ana, who came with her mom Iris. She told us that her favorite food is bread!
Midland Journey of Hope will also provide extra food to those who are in extreme need, such as shut-ins who aren't able to get out and get food at any other time during the week.
This is Mrs. Betty, a long-time volunteer at Midland Journey of Hope. She volunteers every Friday and Saturday, and says she feels pain when she isn't able to make it because she has such a great time helping out and fellowshipping with everyone. She is pictured here with Roy, a retired veteran who lives on disability, who came to pick up food.
This is Thomas and Joyce, great friends of ours at Feed America First. They pick up food from our warehouse every week to take to Midland Journey of Hope. Joyce actually went to school in the building the food ministry is ran out of when it was still a schoolhouse! (She also makes great homemade ice cream!)
The man in the picture is Dean Cantrell, the original founder of Midland Journey of Hope. He started the food ministry by giving away loaves of bread and copies of the Ten Commandments. Does that copy he is holding look familiar? If you have ever visited us at Feed America First, it probably does; we have a copy of it on our memorabilia shelves in our office!