The Community Fund
We are very concerned for what is to come next as more-and-more people lose jobs, as basic necessities become harder to find and people find themselves at high-risk of COVID-19 (and for some people even grocery shopping is dangerous). The Cupboard and The Closet (at the Community Center) has temporary closed due to safety, the Community Food Pantry (in the basement of the United Methodist Church) is only able to provide modest help once a month, and there are many people who have a growing need who do not have children in school to receive snack packs from Feed My Lambs. More is going to be necessary to feed, clothe and provide basic necessities for the people of our community.
Abingdon United Methodist Church has established a Community Fund and is mobilizing to provide for this community. This fund is separate from other church funds and is designated to feed our community. Already people in the community have offered up part of their government stimulus check to help begin this fund and care for our community. Because of this generosity the Cupboard and the Closet is re-opening with an expanded food capacity and has applied to the Midwest Food Bank and will work with local groceries to ensure a steady supply of food to our community and those who most need it, including delivery.
We are very proud of the churches and all the people of the Abingdon area in supporting Feed My Lambs which provides weekend snack packs during the school year to students and provides a weekly food box to children and their families during the summer when there is no school. We are also proud of the ministry of the Cupboard and the Closet to feed and clothe anyone who asks, and we are pleased to provide free space to the Community Food Pantry which provides monthly assistance to families in need who meet certain criteria. These organizations together provide for our community month-after-month, but working with these groups there is more to be done as we fight this pandemic and, then, recover our economy. This fund will stock the Cupboard and the Closet and allow us to direct money to wherever it is most needed to feed our community!