Tell Me Where Your Heart Is – Who’s Feeding Who
BY Pat Bradford
On any given day in Wilmington a really hungry person can find a meal although some days are easier than others. At a glance the list seems insignificant but these endeavors change lives; this feeding of bellies souls and encouraging hope. Its a start and every glass of water and kind gesture counts. The man-hours invested behind the scenes are enormous. For every hour spent face-to-face with another human being theres a back story telling of significant effort by those who hold to the belief that everyone among us matters.
On any given day in Wilmington a really hungry person can find a meal although some days are easier than others. At a glance the list seems insignificant but these endeavors change lives; this feeding of bellies souls and encouraging hope. Its a start and every glass of water and kind gesture counts.
The man-hours invested behind the scenes are enormous. For every hour spent face-to-face with another human being theres a back story telling of significant effort by those who hold to the belief that everyone among us matters.
Angel Food Ministries
A national food program that allows anyone regardless of economic status to order wholesale flash-frozen meats vegetables and staples for $30 per box. Angel Food host sites in Wilmington:
Believers Destiny Church Jamie Reid (910) 602-7729
St. Pauls United Methodist Church “Doc” Ellis (910) 458-5310
Burrito Lady Street Ministry
This ministry makes 110 burritos per week and hands them out on Tuesdays Thursdays and Saturdays to those in need. Distribution starts at the library at 12:30 p.m. on these days. Leftovers are taken to the homeless camps. The ministry also provides tents and sleeping bags.
First Bread at St. Peter the Fisherman Charismatic Episcopal Church
314 S. Carolina Ave Sunset Park
Serves hot breakfast 7 to 8:30 a.m. every Sunday for the homeless and needy.
Includes access to free clothing room and nurses station.
Deacon David Hueholt
Mobile street feeding for the homeless a free food pantry.
2750 Vance Street Long Leaf Park.
Includes soup kitchen laundry counseling.
Good Shepherd House
Serves GSH overnight shelter guests every meal daily. Also GSH Soup Kitchen serves lunch daily Monday through Saturday.
Inner City Food Ministry
Martin and 14th Streets
Every Sunday Mel and Linda Smith and a team of volunteers grill hot dogs and serve other food at a lunch that begins at noon.
Jesus Ministries Church and Outreach Inc.
6763 Market Street
Makes food available in an outdoor pantry setting to those who qualify three days per week. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday Tuesday and Wednesday. To receive food photo ID and address are necessary and also proof of guardianship of any children under the age of 18.
The Kings Breakfast
Serving free fresh hot breakfast to those in need at 7 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month at Pine Valley Church of God 3810 Shipyard Blvd.
PVCOG.org and WilmingtonBreakfastMinistry on Facebook
Pat Bradford (910) 367-1137
Provides weekend food to 155 New Hanover County school children K through high school in seven schools. Food is packed and placed into previosly identified students book bags.
Food from grocery stores and elsewhere is gathered and delivered to nonprofits that serve food to their guests.
Wolf Herman (910) 681-1249
Tuesday Night Homeless Feeding Ministry
First Baptist Church
411 Market Street
Each Tuesday night a group led by Twig Rollins and Gary Harris prepares and serves a meal to some of the citys homeless residents. The ministry offers food at two locations 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. in the church courtyard on Market Street between Fourth and Fifth streets and 9 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mercy House near Red Cross at Fifth Street tuesdayhomeless.blogspot.com.
Wilmington Homeless Ministry at VFW
2722 Carolina Beach Road
Every Sunday 9 a.m. ministry with meal following (Previously met at Greenfield Lake).
Myrtle Grove Baptist Church Pastor Chris Rollings (910) 264-7337
Steve (910) 443-5087