Fifth Avenue Baptist Church continues food baskets
HUNTINGTON — Almost 30 years ago, members at Fifth Avenue Baptist identified a need in the community and acted upon it, creating a mission that still thrives today.
Each year, a team of volunteers from Fifth Avenue Baptist, led by Scott Ballard, provides Christmas food baskets for families in the immediate area. The food basket ministry has evolved over time, but one thing has remained constant: the love, joy, and commitment of volunteers who want to help feed local families.
About 10 years ago Ballard started helping with this community outreach and served 35 families with approximately 70 boxes of food. The next year it jumped to 50 families and in 2018 it is anticipated 85 families will receive food baskets.
Gathering names for recipients of the food baskets has become an smoother process. Working with Information and Referral Service in Huntington, the church receives 50 family names to receive baskets. These families receive a voucher they present when picking up their basket. The congregation and FABCare Nursery and Preschool recommend the remaining 35 families.
For the first time this year, the church will rent three large refrigerators for storing cold items.
Fifth Avenue Baptist Church has been working with Forth’s Food Warehouse for years on this ministry. They usually order the same types of food each year, which works well for the need.
The baskets contain enough food for several meals, including both perishable and non-perishable items. Often a Bible, blanket, or booklet is included. Through a generous individual contribution this year, all 85 blankets have already been purchased.
This ministry recognizes that often people find themselves in unexpected and unfortunate situations, but no child or shut-in elderly person should have to worry about where their next meal comes from, especially at Christmas.
“The Food Basket Ministry is one small, but impact way to show love and serve our Huntington neighbors,” the church said in a news release.
This year’s food basket recipients are already determined but if you know a family for 2019, contact Information and Referral Services at 304-528-5660