2018-03-07 / Editorial


Other Voices

First, we would like to thank Diana Royal and The True Citizen for the story in last week's paper about the Sardis Community Food Pantry. We warmly welcome anyone who would like to see the food pantry in action to come visit any Wednesday morning between 8 and 10:30 to see it working. we can always use more volunteers. Also, we welcome anyone who may be in need of food to come and apply to receive a weekly distribution. If you are of low income, or perhaps temporarily unemployed or have hit on hard times and need assistance, come see us Wednesday mornings at the old high school in Sardis.

We work in conjunction with Golden Harvest Food Bank of Augusta and distribute food based on their guidelines. We are authorized to serve families and individuals in need from Burke and Jenkins counties and a small portion of Screven County. This includes, but is not limited to Sardis, Girard, Alexander, Perkins, Millen, Hiltonia and all outlying areas of these towns.

We would like to express gratitude to many who have helped us over the past couple of years including monthly financial support from Sardis United Methodist Church, Ellis Chapel, Jubilee Christian Worship Center, Southern Bank and the City of Sardis. There are also many individuals who contribute. We have to purchase the food we receive, so all donations are needed and appreciated.

We want to thank our law enforcement agencies, including Sardis Police Chief Scotti Sanford who comes almost every Wednesday. He doesn't come to just talk or stand around - he works with us, helping to load food into cars. Officer Mark Gatlin also assists regularly.

Thank you to Sheriff Alfonzo Williams. He has sent his deputies to help out several times. Last November he sent a van load of stuffing mix just in time for Thanksgiving.

Thank you to the Burke County Farm Bureau for donating a large amount of canned goods just before Christmas, which were collected and donated by students and faculty at Edmund Burke Academy. Thanks to Gail Webster from Burke County High School for coming to work with us and for your assistance through the school learning program by sending a student to "learn the ropes" of our organization.

Thank you to the Sardis Mayor and Council who have allowed us to use buildings of the old SGA High School (and absorbing the cost of electricity).

We could not operate without the numerous volunteers who give of their time every week to keep the pantry running smoothly.

We are taught in scripture to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the sick and those in prison. Jesus promises us a great reward if we do, but He also promises a harsh judgment for those who fail to do these things. We thank the Lord for giving us this opportunity to serve his people.

This coming Saturday, March 10, we will be making a special distribution of food to those who regularly come. Grant money from Golden Harvest enabled us to purchase several pallets of canned fruits and vegetables. Also, our Clothes Closet will be open from 9 a.m. until noon.

Remember that donations are tax-deductible, and we are also in need of helpers on Wednesdays. Come be a part of our group.

In His Service,

Nancy Cain,

Barry Jenkins and a host of volunteers

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