On Wednesday morning, food boxes were lined up next to a row of cars in the parking lot of the Community Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Hill.
“We know that food is still a big issue,” said Butler Stephen Jackson. “Food availability and prices are still a big issue.”
Therefore, the Community Missionary Baptist Church has planned with the North Texas Food Bank enough food to feed 3,000 people for Thanksgiving. Volunteers chatted with the recipient and carried a box of food to the car on the assembly line.
“Tell them that we’re not here just to give out food,” said volunteer Lisa Sneed Crawford. “I want them to know that they are grateful.”
Food insecurity in Dallas County is 47% higher than the national average. One in five children in northern Texas is short of food.
“You take everything for granted,” said Christopher Suarez, a volunteer at Frisco’s high school. “Looking at all these people in need of food gives us a different perspective on how many people actually need help.”
Jackson said that nourishing the body and soul was part of the Church’s mission.
“That’s all about ministry, a true ministry. You have to get out of the four walls of the building. It’s not a ministry, it’s a ministry here,” Jackson said. I put it down and said. “You must love your brother as you love yourself, not only in your words, but in your actions.”