By Ruth Herron and Anita Smelser
WHEN YOU BEGIN A FOOD PANTRY . . .
• Remember God is in charge. Reach out in love without being judgmental.
• Keep your ministry visible. Let the congregation know what you’re doing.
• Involve men, women, teens and children in this ministry.
• Be accountable. Keep monthly reports of families served.
• Be safe. Don’t put yourself in dangerous situations. Work smart.
• Explore “food recovery” in your community.
• Train your volunteers in safe food practices.
• Join your local food pantry agency.
• Have a set distribution day for staple items.
• Be respectful of your recipients and their privacy.
• Be knowledgeable about other food pantries in your area.
• Pray with your volunteers.
• Invite your recipients to church. Let them know about your congregation.
• Include information about upcoming church events, Bibles, etc. in the bags.
• Build relationships.