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Diaconate Notes (August 2010)

posted Dec 18, 2014, 1:17 PM by Henry McTague


One of the items on our Diaconate Meeting agenda every month is an update on the activity in the Wilkinson Food Pantry. Although all members of Lee Church Congregational are aware of the pantry and its’ purpose to provide food and supplies to families in need, most of us are surprised to learn just how many families we see on a monthly basis!

We have wonderful staff who greet the community twice a month at the Wilkinson Food Pantry. In an effort to maintain order, two families are permitted access to the pantry at a time. As two families each shop downstairs, the others wait patiently upstairs in the lobby for their turn. You may be wondering, do we really need to have such controls in place? The answer would be yes. On average, we see 47 families each visit!!! This equates to approximately 147 people, roughly 92 adults and 55 children. These numbers have dramatically increased over the last several years, especially when considering that back in 2005 we assisted only one or two people, or sometimes no one at all!!! The additional families have increased the demands on the staff of the Wilkinson Food Pantry. They have worked hard to meet the needs of the additional families and have provide the necessary supplies to assist them.

The challenge for our Church now is keeping up with the need! We need to keep the shelves stocked, but this is getting more and more challenging. We have had to resort to utilizing funds from the Diaconate budget to keep up because demand for goods has far surpassed the donated supplies. As a Diaconate, we are trying to determine the best way to meet the needs of our community. Research is currently being done to inquire with other pantries in the area – how do they keep up with their demand? As we gather more information, we will certainly share this information with all of you.

In the meantime, we hope that all of you will continue with your support of the Wilkinson Food Pantry. Items in most desperate need are listed in Pastor Gail’s Weekly Update, The Open Door, as well as in our Sunday Bulletins. However, if you don’t know what the specific weekly request is, any nonperishable food or paper products are welcome.

It is a wonderful gift that we collectively provide to members of our community. The Diaconate is committed to continuing this community resource in the name of a very caring and loved individual of our own community – Dr. Stephen Wilkinson.