Praise Chapel gives out 575 Christmas meals to needy
BULLHEAD CITY — The everyday mission of Food for Families is to keep at-risk area residents out of the grips of hunger.
This time of year, it gets expanded to a celebratory level.
The food bank distributed 575 Christmas meals to low-income households Friday.
Each meal included a turkey or ham, trimmings, and a pumpkin pie for dessert.
Food bank director Sheria Liles said the meals were customized for family size.
Mariana Castillo of Bullhead City, mother to five sons, said the help from Food for Families will make her holiday a lot easier.
“I think it’s really nice,” she said. “It helps out a lot of people.”
Liles said Food for Families received about $17,000 from River Fund, Inc. and the BHHS Legacy Foundation to cover the cost of its Thanksgiving and Christmas meal programs.
Warehouse manager Charles Gill shops area supermarkets for the best prices on the needed goods, Liles said. Some discounts were available, she said.
The process began with shopping last month for both events, and volunteers worked to bag up meal components last Monday through Wednesday, and helped with the distribution.
“There is no way on God’s green earth that we could do what we do without volunteers,” Liles said.
After the final pick-up time passed, any remaining meals were made available to those present who had not registered, on a first come, first served basis.
“No one goes hungry if I can help it,” Liles said
She said that Praise Chapel and Food for Families have been giving out holiday meals for at least 10 years. She said she finds it rewarding.
“It means somebody possibly getting a gift for their child, because they don’t have to worry about a dinner,” she said. “We get to share the love.”