Fowler Southern Baptist Church

Fowler Southern Baptist Church Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry Founder & Long-Time Director, Norma Higley passed away

several years ago after an ongoing battle with cancer. We are retaining her picture her

in recognition of the many years of work she dedicated to this ministry.

Food pantry is now under the direction of Mr. Howard Higley (Deacon) & Mrs. Cherie Porter.


Food Pantry is now open the FIRST and THIRD Tuesdays ( 6pm) and Saturdays (9am) each month.


 A little history: Our food pantry was first opened up in a little closet in our church the last week of October 1989, at which time we served people on an "as needed" basis. We were serving approximately 15 to 20 families a month.

Then Food Finders Food Bank asked us to distribute commodity food and at that time all of the commodity food was handed out in one afternoon and every one received the same thing.

We opened the pantry in the location that we are in now, the last week of October, 2001 and began serving the food four times a month on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9 to 11 am and on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6 to 8 pm.

Our clients numbered 20 to 25 families the first few months. As the years progressed more people found out about the pantry, in January 2008 we averaged serving 150 to 170 Families a month and as of the first quarter of 2009 we are serving 207 families a month.

 

 

 

We have what is called Clients Choice in which our shopper helpers go around with the clients and explain to them how much of the different items they are allowed, according to the number in the family, and they choose what they want. We feel that this is the best way as they are more likely to use what they choose. The commodities that we still serve are mixed in with the food that we purchase from three different warehouses. The rule to serve commodities is that we serve at least the same amount of purchased food as we have in commodities.

When we were approached by the Wind Connect people and asked what we needed we shared with them that we had trouble getting canned fruits and beans and we would appreciate help in that area. They saw our need for newer refrigeration as one chest freezer we had needed a new thermostat, another one was not running and the upright had a lot of frost in it even if it was closed and the refrigerator is a loaner.

The 11th of December 2012, we filled all of the freezers, refrigerators and had to look elsewhere in the community to put some of the freezer food until it was distributed.

So you see the Lord's timing was perfect for what we needed and we didn’t realize.

It is such a blessing to see all the refrigeration when we go to the food pantry. Words cannot express how much we appreciate what has done for our little food pantry.

Our God is so great He bring to us many, organizations, businesses and people who understand our need. 

We continue to praise Him.

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