On Friday, September 18, volunteers at First United Methodist Church in Stuttgart distributed food to 200 families in Arkansas County. They were from a multitude of churches in Stuttgart working with a partnership of Arkansas Food Bank and the Methodist Foundation in an effort to help families in need.
They will distribute for on the third Friday of each month through December. Breaking Bonds ministries has helped with distributing the food and packing boxes.
“We are the hands and feet of Jesus,” said Volunteer Jan Gregory. “This is not to replace the work done by the ICCM food pantry, but to supplement it.”
First United Church is located at 307 East 4th Street in Stuttgart.
In another effort to help families in need, Victors’ Empowerment Center Fish and Loaves Food Pantry, located at, 805 North Grand Stuttgart, will distribute food boxes Saturday, September 26th at 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Victors’ also will be distributing food on the second Friday of each month from 10 a.m. until it is gone, through December.
In addition to the above, Victors’ distributes fresh fruit and vegetables that they receive from Wal-Mart, on Mondays, Wednesday’s, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m, according to Joann Loudermilk of Victors’.
Stuttgart Harvest Church began an inside and outside food pantry, in June, that they call “The Trading Post.”
Lynne Brownell, one of the organizers said, “We call it Take one or Give one. The outside pantry is always open and we try to keep it stocked from the inside one. If you need something from the pantry, feel free to take one. If you can give one, please do.”
The inside pantry is open whenever the church is open. If you have a need outside of those times you may contact Brownell at 870-672-1706 or Cole Sherman at 870-830-9067 or Pastor Harley Pettey at 870-674-7021.
In addition to the food pantry, the church is having a Free BBQ pick up to go from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., on September 26, while supplies last. One plate per person in line. This is their gift to the community to show Jesus’ love.