Vic­tory Bap­tist con­tin­ues help­ing hand with food pantry

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Williams swilliams1­[email protected]­

Food pantries in and around Polk County are slowly whit­tling away hunger, and it’s never been eas­ier for lo­cals to get the help they need. Vic­tory Bap­tist Church’s Bread of Life Food Pantry is one way to stock up on es­sen­tials for free, and those in need can visit once per week on Mon­days from 1 through 3 p.m., Tues­days from 5 through 7 p.m., or Wed­nes­days from 8 through 10 a.m. at 15 Hen­drix Rd., Rock­mart.

Those tak­ing home goods must be 16 or older and have a photo I.D, but two house­hold mem­bers can get items each week. While the foods avail­able will vary each week, vis­i­tors are promised 1 pre-packed bag of non-per­ish­ables and the op­por­tu­nity to pick 5 items of their own choos­ing, among oth­ers.

“The 5 items in­clude pro­duce, milk if we have it, things on the shelf- so that they get what they want in­stead of just what we give them,” Vic­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­sis­tant Tressie Wilson said. “Then they get 4 frozen items and 2 are meat. That’s on all days, and then if we have a huge dona­tion of a par­tic­u­lar prod­uct, we have bonus items and they get all they want of that.”

Par­tic­i­pants should be aware no par­tic­u­lar item can be guar­an­teed by the pantry, how­ever.

“It’s all do­na­tions, so we don’t guar­an­tee any­thing,” Wilson ex­plained.

Lo­cals in need of a lit­tle ex­tra prod­uct can cir­cum­vent the once per week limit by also vis­it­ing Boaz Min­istrya Vic­tory Bap­tist part­nerthat’s open ev­ery Thurs­day from 5 through 7 p.m. at 708 W. Elm St., Rock­mart. Vis­i­tors must still have a photo I.D to par­tic­i­pate, how­ever.

“They can come ei­ther of the three days, and Boaz is sep­a­rate, so ac­tu­ally they can go there once a week and come here once a week,” Wilson said.

Since the Bread of Life Pantry is a par­tic­i­pant of the Ge­or­gia Nutri­tion As­sis­tance Pro­gram (GNAP), house­holds with chil­dren are of­fered dif­fer­ent prod­ucts to suit the needs of youth. Com­mon foods of­fered by GNAP in­clude tuna, peanut but­ter, frozen turkey, fruit, hot dogs, and more.

Ad­di­tion­ally, lo­cals are be­ing of­fered a hot meal of ham, veg­eta­bles, rolls, cake, and tea on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 26 from 5:15 through 6:30 p.m. in the Bread of Life pantry. Spe­cial mu­sic, free Bi­bles, and a speaker will be present.

Last year, Bread of Life served 4,688 fam­i­lies, 12,875 peo­ple, and 108,266 pounds of food; Boaz served 1,937 fam­i­lies, 5,048 peo­ple, and 43,241 pounds of food. Bread of Life is ap­proach­ing it’s sec­ond year an­niver­sary and is only grow­ing with time. Fu­ture plans in­clude a po­ten­tial food de­liv­ery pro­gram, an up­dated pantry build­ing, and much more.

“Our pur­pose is to make sure no­body is hun­gry and they see the love of Je­sus through us, so we’re not forc­ing Je­sus onto them,” Wilson said

In­for­ma­tion about mak­ing do­na­tions, vol­un­teer­ing, or find­ing more in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at http://www. vbcrock­ or through Wilson at 678-683-4570.

/ Sean Williams

Those in need can visit the Vic­tory Bap­tist Church Bread of Life Food Pantry once per week on Mon­days from 1 through 3 p.m., Tues­days from 5 through 7 p.m., or Wed­nes­days from 8 through 10 a.m. at 15 Hen­drix Rd., Rock­mart.


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