Yes, a food pantry! Let me first tell you about the story of how this all started.
I went into a large supermarket chain (I am not at liberty to say which one) and being my usual friendly self of talking to everyone, I started talking to the store manager. She expressed to me that there were less and less people coming in to shop because of the economy.
People cannot afford to buy food anymore.
She said as a result they have many items that are going out of date and expiring. I asked her which non-profit organization her chain was giving their items to. She informed me that since the new owners took over, which happened back when the pandemic started, the owner did not sign the proper paperwork to donate the items to a charity. Therefore, all the food was being thrown into the trash…on a daily basis.
I cried. I just couldn’t imagine that in this day and age when there are so many people struggling to feed their families, the food was going in the trash every day. She said some days even more than others. Then she started crying too and she said that there was nothing she could do about it because they never signed the paperwork to do this. I think it is a liability issue.
She said she has to pretend she doesn’t see the people going through the dumpster everyday scrounging for food. I know that some of you who don’t live in the USA cannot imagine that there are people living in the United States eating out of the trash can. But, it is true. Just as for some Americans when they hear the word Africa what they imagine is the starving children with flies on their face not realizing that there is a lot of affluence and wealth in Africa too.
So, yes! There are people starving in the USA. Anyway, I asked her what the process was before they discard items. She said first they put it all on Clearance where it is sold for 50% off but if it doesn’t get sold on Clearance then it is in the trash. Then I said to her, what if I come in and buy everything you have before you throw it in the dumpster? She said she would sell it to me at a heavily discounted price because she would rather sell it to me and know that people are getting fed than throw it out. Besides the store would rather make $0.20 on a can of peas than $0. We walked to the meat department where she showed the stacks of chicken breast, tenderloins and legs which she said she was sure would all be in the trash by tomorrow. Based on sales for the past month she won’t be selling all of it before the store closes. It’s all going in the trash.
Well, God, in His wisdom, just directed me to buy it and then give it to a church food pantry.
So, MOP buys the food and gives it to an already established pantry in a church. I already have a church selected with a pantry that has refrigerators and freezers to store items. This is to start with. It is the fastest and easiest way for us to do this as quickly as possible.
For those of you not familiar with a food pantry in a church, it is like a grocery store except you get everything for free. You get a bag of groceries depending on the size of your family for free. I am doing this through a church pantry because the church prays with each person coming in for help and also shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them, so people are getting saved through this.
This is a wealth transfer. For me? No. For MOP? No. It’s for the people in the church.
How do you spell JOY?
And, for sure this is Isaiah 23. God is moving fast! And it just goes to show you that you don’t even have to look for the opportunities, He will put it right in front of you. I never thought of asking them about this before. I remember when the store changed hands because I saw all the remodeling happening. The truth is, it wasn’t time. Because as you know from reading Isaiah 23, the monarch has to die after 70 years of service before it could leave the heavenlies and head into the earth realm. Things like these are going to pop off everywhere!!! Open your eyes and look. The opportunities are going to be all around you. We just need to spot it when it appears and put our hands to it.
What started out in tears for both of us ended in hope.
All I need from you is your commitment to join us in donating to the pantry. I’ll provide you with updates from time to time on how this is all going. We will buy as much as we can each time.
Thanking you in advance for donating and helping others who are in need.