The Food Bank at Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta has been a ministry of the church for more than 45 years. The majority of clients are families with children, and over 800 families are typically served monthly. This equates to approximately 30,000 individuals or 120,000 pounds of food each year.
Unforeseen circumstances in life such as illnesses, divorce, and work shortages are just a few of the reasons people seek assistance with food. Ben Hill is committed to meeting this need in the community with care, compassion, and consistency. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the method of food distribution changed in order to meet increased demand and safety protocols. Thus, the drive-through Food Pantry was initiated, through the vision of a faithful volunteer, the late John Postell, and the community continued to be serviced without interruption.
Ben Hill UMC has more than 60 faithful volunteers who humbly serve in the Food Bank. Additionally, the Food Bank is supported by all of the Ben Hill UMC ministries, congregation, families, partners, and friends. Their tireless dedication allows the Ben Hill UMC Food Bank to sustain a powerful presence in the community by fighting food insecurity and providing hope and healing to those in need.
Pictured: At top, "Go Orange" day at the Food Bank. At right, Back-to-School Drive with Jean Brown and Ben Hill Pastor Rev. Dr. Derrick Rhodes.