Sunday, June 10, 2012
On Sunday, a Wichita church kicked off a unique program to help feed local people in need. Mending Place Ministries teamed up with the United Methodist Open Door Community Food Ministry to organize an event called "Fill the U." Donors helped to fill a U-Haul truck with food for the pantry.
The church congregation held the event in Osage Park. Pastor Dioane Gates organized the outreach. He says there is a year-round need for food donations, but people often only remember to give during certain times of the year.
"During the summer months, there are a lot of families that go without eating... we know that people need to be consistent in their giving so we decided to do this as an annual event," said Gates.
The Open Door food pantry is the largest program of its kind in the area and feeds a staggering number of people every year. Organizers say the need for summer donations is great and efforts like this one fill a huge community gap.
"They feed 32,000 people every summer." said Gates, "We think the people in our community are generous and have big hearts. They just need to know about it."
Next year, the church hopes to reach even more people and hopefully fill multiple U-Hauls with food for those who need it most. For more information about donating to the Open Door food pantry, please click the link below.