League City UMC Food Truck Ministry Celebrates First Anniversary
One year ago, 24 families came hungry to meet the food truck at League City UMC -- and left with bags of free food and many hugs. When the church celebrated its one-year anniversary of this critically-needed community ministry in November, they celebrated the news that the church had helped 7,200 families in 12 months.
Although League City is viewed as an affluent town in Galveston County, statistics tracked by the partnering organization Gleanings From the Harvest/Galveston County Food Bank, indicate more than 37,870 people in the immediate area experience food insecurity by living below the poverty level.
League City UMC site coordinators Frank and Lucy Harvell and registration coordinator Susan Bauman could not be happier. “When I heard about the need I thought it was a really good opportunity to do missions work right here in our neighborhood,” Susan says. She says the biggest age group served is 18-49 but that she occasionally registers senior citizens in their 80s.
Besides food, other volunteers round up clothing, diapers and other items on the “Pass it Along” giveaway table that is almost always empty by the end of the distribution day. Lucy said the volunteers have been creative in making this ministry effective. “Some members shop at thrift stores and bring items, another member might bring candy to cheer the mood of the visitors, and in the summer our youth will sometimes come up here and serve snow cones.”
Susan adds, “Many people yearn to do mission work, and the easiest way to do that is look at what is needed here in your own back yard.”