Church members at The Connecting Point in Bogart know that many area families struggle to keep food on the table during the current down economy.
To offer some relief to area needy, the church partnered with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in December to give away a truck load of food each month this year. One truck load can serve about 150 families for up to a week, depending on the size of the family.
Area Churches Together Service, a local food pantry at 130 E. Thompson St., last week gave away food to dozens of families in downtown Bogart.
In June, The Connecting Point hit the $100,000 mark of free groceries distributed to the needy.
“We believe that we are the hands and feet of Christ, and that we’re doing what we’re being called to do,” said The Connecting Point Outreach Coordinator Deby Sorensen. “If Christ were here, that’s what He would do. And because He lives on through us, we’re doing His work.
“People think that the Bible says God helps those who help themselves and the truth is that He helps those who can’t.”
The Connecting Point has worked with the Oconee County school district to set up a grocery giveaway at a different school each month since December, but when school let out for the summer, the group needed a new place to go and the food pantry offered itself as a location.
The church is small and works with a group of volunteers from the community each month to sort food, and pack and distribute the boxes. This month, Sorensen signed up a group of Chinese foreign exchange students to help.
The need is there, but often people don’t know exactly how far it reaches, Sorensen said.
“If someone comes in a nice vehicle, that doesn’t mean that they are not in need,” Sorensen explained. “I think we need to understand that the need goes across socioeconomic lines and that everybody is feeling the crunch.”
Another example of this is the soup kitchen at Our Daily Bread, where Sorensen and her church also cook a restaurant quality meal once each month. There, she sees elderly people who come in who have to choose between food or medicine.
“We’re starting to get to know some of these people because they come back every month. They are very grateful,” Sorensen said. “We’re grateful that we have the ability and the capability to give.”
To qualify for a box of free groceries, families must meet the following USDA requirements:
Household size monthly income weekly income
1 $1,180 $272
2 $1,594 $368
3 $2,008 $463
4 $2,422 $559
5 $2,836 $654
6 $3,249 $750
7 $3,663 $845
8 $4,077 $941
For each additional family member add $414 to the monthly income and $96 to the weekly income.
For more qualifying information, call Deby Sorensen at (706) 202-1550.