Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia


June 12, 2014

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AMERICUS — Harvest of Hope marks one year

If June 3rd had not been so busy, we would probably have shouted for joy. June 3rd, 2014, celebrated one year of operation for Harvest of Hope Food Pantry. We have progressed further than we could have imagined. God is good. We have grown and continue to grow, but at every turn God has been there and provided what we needed to move forward.

When the Harvest of Hope Board of Directors purchased the building at 606 McGarrah Street, I thought the building was larger than we would ever need. But thanks to God, as our client base has continued to grow, so has our ability to provide for our clients. Thus we now occupy the whole building.

We could not have had such a successful first year had it not been for the dedication of the volunteer staff that works so diligently to make sure that each person is treated as we all like to be treated: with dignity and respect. I can never thank our volunteers enough.

We also want to thank each individual who has supported us with prayers, who have donated money and food, all of which are sorely needed. As a faith operation we continue to trust God who promises to meet our needs. That same God continues to touch and bless each of you that you might be a blessing to and through this ministry. I believe one reason that Harvest of Hope Food Pantry has been so successful is that God has blessed it and our volunteers who look at it as “their” ministry. Thank you to each and every one of you who with God’s direction has made this first year a success.

This success does not mean that there have not been bumps in the road and it does not mean that we have been satisfied. The continued growth in our client base has kept us from providing everything we would like to provide. We would love to give more food, but what we can do is limited by our resources. We look forward in this second year to growing and providing more for our clients. Each week now we provide our clients with a number of sacks of food which include not only canned goods and dry goods but bread and a sweet item as well. Also during produce season each family is provided with fresh produce such as squash, beans, and other locally grown items. I can only say thank you to each of you who make it possible to serve.

In this second year we need for you to continue to pray for us that we will never lose sight of our vision to help people who have a need. But we also need for you to pray that God will continue to provide through each of you the resources we need to be able to provide this service to the community. We need money and donations of canned goods, and even plastic bags which we use by the hundreds each week. We also need the money to pay off the remainder of our debt on the building.

If you would like to volunteer to serve and are willing to really work, come to the Food Pantry and let us know your desire. You can talk with any volunteer and they will tell you that working at the food pantry is a busy job with no time to play or stand around and watch. We are looking for volunteer workers with the emphasis on work and dependability. Also, if you simply wish to visit to see how the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry works, we welcome you. On Monday we pack what we will give out on Tuesday. We pack on Monday beginning at 9:00 A.M. though some of our workers are there by 8:00 A.M., ready to work. On Tuesday we begin giving out food at 8:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. though many of our workers are at the food pantry by 7:30 to get everything ready.  Each day we begin the day with prayer.

Thanks to you for allowing us to provide this ministry and thank you for providing us with the resources to accomplish this ministry. Our prayer is that God will open more opportunities to do even more in our second year.

Thank you.

Sonny Pinckard

Executive director

Harvest of Hope FoodPantry


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