In these times, you never know when you could lose a job or face other financial obstacles. Talking Rock First Baptist Church Food for the Hungry gives people hope every first Thursday of the month. They provide a meal, Christian counseling, and a box of food to take home to registered visitors. Additional support is given throughout the year assisting with school supplies, winter coats, Christmas presents and Easter baskets.
Pastor Larry Kelley started Food for the Hungry five years ago after looking for food for a family and found an existing mobile ministry There's Hope for the Hungry. The ministry, started nine years ago in Cumming, delivers Boxes of Hope to 30 churches throughout North Georgia each month. Rev. Scott Phillips, Director of There's Hope for the Hungry, said they fed 28,000 families 550,000 lbs. of food in 2011.
Last year, 1009 people found Jesus Christ and the inside walls of the food trailer are adorned with photos of those saved. Jennifer Green from Ellijay added her photo to the collection on her first visit. She lost her job two years ago and learned about the Talking Rock ministry from a flyer at the Ellijay Food Bank. Volunteers from Talking Rock First Baptist Church pass out flyers around Jasper and Ellijay a few weeks before the event.
The major goal is to feed the hungry and encourage people to depend upon themselves and Jesus Christ for their short term, long term, and eternal needs. To be eligible for food, they must fill out an information form and meet with a Christian Life Coach. The Talking Rock location is currently averaging 105 families per month, which is signficantly lower than the peak in 2007 of 150 families.
A group of volunteers from Talking Rock First Baptist Church provide a hot meal for patrons to enjoy while socializing with others. Atlanta Bread Company in Cumming donates food and Nancy Kimbrough, a Christian Life Coach volunteer, brings it each month. Food donations also come from local churches, Bojangles, and Biguns.
The ministry wouldn't be possible without the community support, financial donations and volunteers. Churches or organizations are welcome to provide the meal, make donations or volunteer. For more information contact Pastor Larry Kelly at 706-253-7733. The next Food for the Hungry will be on February 2, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.