JONESVILLE — A church that provided more than 700 families with food and other necessities this past weekend needs the public’s help to avoid having its food ministry’s power cut off.
The Potters Storehouse held one of two food distributions scheduled for August this past Saturday. Pastor Don Moore said Monday morning that more than 700 families received food including meat, vegetables, fruit, bread and baby food as well as items such as shampoo, plastic eating utensils, children’s clothing and sheets. Church members and other volunteers packaged the food in boxes for distribution and helped recipients transport them and load them into their cars.
The church’s next food distribution is scheduled for Aug. 25, but the church is facing the possibility that the power for its food ministry could be cut by Aug. 21. Moore said Monday that the food ministry’s power bill is $803.63 and is due by Aug. 21 and the church, which funds the ministry through donations, has only $250 on hand to pay for it. He said the church is again asking for the public’s help in paying this bill and keeping the food ministry’s power on.
“I hate to always be in need, but it takes a lot to keep those freezers going to have the food to feed all these families,” Moore said. “Our freezers are always full and I’ve had to turn away even more frozen food because we need additional freezer space. The more food we can store the more we can give to the people. It takes a lot of electricity to keep these freezers going and that power bill is for the storage of the food, not the church. The church’s power bill is separate.”
The church has had previous months when it looked like its power might get cut off, but Moore said each time “the Lord provided” and he has faith that He will do so again through the generosity of the people of Union County.
Located at 618 Pacolet St., Jonesville, The Potters Storehouse has seen the recipients of its food ministry change in recent months with more middle class families forced by job losses to seek the church’s assistance. Previously, the church’s food ministry had primarily served poorer families but Moore said the continuing downturn in the economy has forced previously better off families to turn to the church for food and other necessities such a personal care items and paper products.
In addition to keeping the power on, the church is also trying to acquire a new truck to replace the van it currently uses which is continually breaking down. Moore said a volunteer from Spartanburg has offered to sell the church a truck he owns for $2,000. The church has already raised $850 toward the cost of the vehicle but must raise the balance within the next couple of weeks.
To make a donation to The Potters Storehouse to call Pastor Don Moore at 864-680-3465.