Just Twelve Items

2 Mar

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

Just twelve items per family. That is all our church food pantry is able to give to families in need and it breaks my heart. And yet, the women and men who come are so darn appreciative of just twelve items. One woman was thrilled to get a dozen eggs. She was wanting to make her family a caramel cake. I asked if she had a recipe for it and she pointed to her head. “It’s all up there, if i can remember it, I haven’t made it in so long.” Eggs are a new addition since I worked in the food pantry last winter and they seem to be a big success.  The face of a child lit up, when he saw the eggs. “We get real eggs!”

My job this week was to greet people, assist them in choosing their items by answering questions, then bagging the groceries up and offering help to their car. I was fascinated watching them make their choices. Some knew exactly what they needed, while others browsed. I enjoyed the woman who was planning meals as she put items on the table. She exceeded the limit on soup, but there was no way I could bring myself to disrupt her plans. Imagine planning your meals for the week around just twelve items.

One of our regular ladies brought someone new. As she was showing her around, she placed an arm on her friend’s shoulder and said, “this is not food from the government, this is food from the people.”  We are a small church and went three years without a permanent pastor and many members left. Last December our food pantry ran out of money and our shelves were bare. We are working hard to connect with business in the community to help us serve our neighbors. Another option is asking friends to consider setting up a food donation box in their workplace. It may not seem like much, but just twelve items make a difference in someone’s life.

I don’t take pictures at the food pantry so I decided to share one of DiVoran’s lovely paintings.

mockingbird

5 Responses to “Just Twelve Items”

  1. divoran09 March 3, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

    Absolutely wonderful post. Love it. Thank you. Love, DiVoran

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  2. Onisha Ellis March 3, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    Louise, thanks for asking that question. Wherever one lives there are people in need. Look for organizations or churches in a community that offer food to those in need. Large food banks like Second Harvest are admirable but local food pantries are usually in walking or biking distance. We have a large number of people who walk to our pantry.

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  3. itsrebekahlyn March 2, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    It warms my heart to hear the stories of appreciation for this struggling ministry. We are made to serve each other and show love.

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    • Onisha Ellis March 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm #

      Thank you.

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      • LOUISE GIBSON March 3, 2017 at 8:56 am #

        IT IS HEART RENDERING TO HEAR THE STORIES OF PEOPLE IN NEED OF FOOD. iT JUST DOESN’T SEEM FAIR THAT SO MANY ARE BEING DEPRIVED OF ESSENTIAL VITAMINS AND MINERALS…AND IT HURTS TO GO HUNGRY.
        HOW CAN YOUR READERS HELP?

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