Meat the Need

I get the opportunity to work with and talk to many in the Marion, Ohio area that are struggling with getting food. It’s one of the reasons we support a local food pantry by volunteering and keeping a small food pantry for individual needs at our church. However, in talking with folks, I am finding a challenge for folks that is understandable but is one to find an answer for.

You see, our area is blessed with several food pantries so whenever I talk to someone in need, that resource comes up. However, I am finding many have a kitchen full of non-perishables from the food pantries but can’t get help in one crucial area…. meat. In other words, “Hamburger Helper” without the hamburger.

Last year, our little church did a collection of hamburger and hotdogs for outreach projects and fed hundreds of people for free over the summer. I started to wonder … “why can’t we do that all the time”? We have a freezer that a couple donated just waiting to be filled up with meat for similar outreaches but mostly for people in need who can’t afford it otherwise.

So this is an invitation for you to get involved. Would you be willing to donate meat (hamburger, hotdogs, roasts, turkey, and the like) for people in need? Maybe you don’t want to go to the store yourself…. then maybe donate by going here and marking your donation for “Meat the Need”.

We will be collecting from here on out but August is the big push to get us started! Find a good sale, buy some extra, and touch base to bring it over (you can call me at 740-382-3500 or email me here)!

Right now, the freezer is empty so if you are in need, we can’t help you. Prayfully, that’s the only time I ever have to say that again….

Jump In!

About Tom Hypes

Tom Hypes is an ordained Pastor who has served in churches and the camping ministry for over 25 years. He currently leads at The Shepherd's Fellowship and volunteers at Leapin' Outreach (clothing ministry), Marion County Citizen Circle (helping clients with transitions from prison to community), Kirkpatrick Food Pantry, and ministers in the local nursing homes. He has also contributed to Group Magazine, CBA Marketplace, and Youth Worker Magazine. He serves in his ministry in the partnership with his family; wife Jenni, son Ryan, and daughter Emily.