Rec department stocks church pantry

Charles Warner Editor

November 11, 2013

UNION — A food drive by the Union County Recreation Department reached its conclusion Friday when department personnel delivered canned and other non-perishable food items to a local church’s pantry.

The food drive was conducted by the department as part of the United Way of the Piedmont’s “Stock The Pantry!” program which seeks to stock the pantries of area churches.

The department began by placing a box in the Union County Courthouse for county employees to place donations of canned food and other non-perishable items. The box remained in the courthouse for a week.

The food drive continued at the department’s Stinger Football Game Championship on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Instead of the usual $1 admission fee, those who attended the game were admitted for free if they brought a canned or non-perishable food item.

On Friday afternoon, recreation department personnel, with the assistance of Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair, presented Rev. Neil Keisler, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church and director of its Channel of Blessings Community Outreach Ministry, with several bags full of donated food.

“We’re very pleased with the donations of canned non-perishable items,” Recreation Department Director Becky Cobb said. “We appreciate Union County employees for stepping up and helping us out. We also appreciate all the parents for the donations at the Stinger football game.”

Keisler thanked the recreation department for its help, pointing out that the donated items fill an important of the church’s ministry. He also pointed that it also says something about the character of the community.

“One thing food drives like this does is it helps fill one of our biggest voids which is canned goods,” Keisler said. “Just the sheer fact that different organizations around the county are willing to come together and invest, not in Channel of Blessings, but back in our community speaks volumes to the type of people we have in Union County.”

Trinity Baptist Church seeks to minister to the needs of low-income families and homeless individuals through its Channel of Blessings Community Outreach Ministry. The ministry distributes food and essential household items at 12 different locations in Union County. The church is currently assisting 600 families a month through its distribution program.

The church also helps families in crisis situations with everything from food and clothes to blankets and furniture and has paired with other agencies to provide those families power bills and temporary shelter. The church also provides assistance to the county’s homeless population.

For more information about the food drive or to volunteer contact the Union County Recreation Department at 864-429-1670 or bcobb@countyofunion.com.

Anyone who needs the help of Trinity Baptist’s Channel of Blessings Community Outreach Ministry should call Rev. Keisler at 864-706-0481.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.