Thursday, March 27, 2014
Young volunteers learning to serve others
Two years ago Lily was involved in making birthday bags at her church to be given out at God's Bounty food pantry. She would occasionally visit with her family to drop off food and last year had a few opportunities to stay and help. She quickly discovered that she enjoyed helping others. Many young people have volunteered at the pantry over the last 3 years and have found the joy of helping others as Lily has and has helped them to see that age and size doesn't matter when it comes to showing care and kindness to others.
Who We Are
God's Bounty is a not-for-profit food pantry that exists to distribute food to the needy in Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana and surrounding area. Our purpose for distributing food is to provide supplemental food to clients who are having difficulty providing food for their families.
Our on going effort is directed towards soliciting funds and food donations in order to meet the needs of our clients.
"The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands." -Deuteronomy 28:12
How We Began
The Franklin Township Minisiterial Association saw a need in their community for an assistance program. A food pantry was discussed and that idea was presented to their congregations. In the Fall of 2010, those interested from all the churches came together and the Steering Committee was formed. There was so much enthusiasm that work soon began on the building that previously had been the parsonage of New Bethel Baptist Church. A wall was taken down, shelves were built by volunteers, furniture was donated, food donations came from those churches, freezers and refrigerators were brought in and by February 3, 2011 the doors of God's Bounty, Inc. were open and ready for clients. Unfortunately, there was a coating of ice on the trees and streets of our community that morning. Out came men with trucks and shovels, removing the ice from our parking lot and sidewalks, but we had no one venture out to our Grand Opening. Every Thursday, since then, we have served many families from Franklin Township and surrounding areas, sharing our “bounties” with our neighbors in need.