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Giving Plate Food Ministry Growing Exponentially

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By Jennifer Taylor

Gary and Debi Kelso, members at Real Life Christian Church (Bend, OR), created The Giving Plate in 2010. After beginning with just a few cans of tuna and a few loaves of bread (really!), the food relief and outreach ministry now provides more than 2,200 local families with a 50-pound box of food every month. Each box is prepared specifically for each family with consideration for food allergies and dislikes.

“We have served the hungry and homeless for years,” say the Kelsos, who work full-time””without pay””for the organization. “We have a call in our hearts to serve in this way. We will treat each person who enters with dignity, compassion, and hospitality, offering physical
and spiritual food.”

In addition to the monthly food boxes, The Giving Plate also offers a “Grab and Go” area where people in need can get free bread, juice, fruit, and other items every day. The ministry also created a play area for kids to enjoy while adults receive the boxes, and every Saturday kids can pack box lunches from a selection of kid-friendly options.

In addition to Real Life, many other area churches, bakeries, grocery stores, and individual donors partner with The Giving Plate. Learn more and give at www.thegivingplate.org.

“”Jennifer Taylor

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