GRAFTON—One local church’s food bank has grown leaps and bounds over the years, and is able to serve more families than ever before.
According to Brenda Rosier, the Food Pantry Outreach Ministry service, at the First Baptist Church, in Grafton, is a community effort, and that the building is merely a drop off spot.
“We are the only church food pantry that is still open five days a week, Monday through Friday,” shared Rosier. “We work with five other churches, and wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them and the volunteer support.”
Rosier said that Linn Chapel Church, Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Beulah Baptist Church, First Grace Brethren Church and Union Baptist Church lend support with either food or financial assistance.
“We also have the help of 16 volunteers who come from those churches, as well,” noted Rosier.
What once started as a small food cart in 2000, where individuals would donate peanut butter and macaroni and cheese, has grown into a 50x30 addition to the back of the building, that was completed approximately six years ago.
“When we first began, we were helping maybe three or four families a week, now we are helping 12-14 families a day,” reported Rosier. “In the month of June we were able to provide food to over 150 families.”
Rosier said that she believes her motto of “working together to do what we could not do ourselves,” encompasses the pantries outreach ministry. She expressed that she believes the teamwork involved in pantry ministry, is a contributing factor of its success.
“We have families and individuals who make regular donations to us, along with the help of the other churches. Having four or five churches come together to do something, doesn’t happen often,” Rosier shared.
The pantry offers more than just food, according to Rosier.
“We have school supplies, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, baby items and emergency household items for people who need them,” disclosed Rosier.
Rosier said that donations are always welcomed at the pantry. To make a monetary donation, please make your checks payable to First Baptist Church, with a note on the memo line denoting the money is to go to the food pantry.
Checks can be mailed to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 116, Grafton, WV 26354. To make a donation of food, stop by the pantry Monday-Friday, during hours of operation. For more information, please call the church at 304-265-3482.