By: Anne Mosley—
Muncie, IN—Every year for the last 22 years, Feed My Sheep has served hot meals to the needy and disabled on Thanksgiving Day.
This year, from 11 am-1 pm, organizers plan to deliver over 900-1,000 meals and feed another 400-500 in-house at the cafeteria in Muncie Central High School. Started by former Muncie residents George and Teresa Huggins, the holiday event requires about 400 volunteers and about $12,000 to purchase food for the event, insurance, rental fees and the hiring of janitorial and cafeteria service.
A food drive kicked off Oct. 16 to provide free bags of groceries for those in need, with the Muncie Sanitation Department assisting Feed My Sheep by placing large food containers across the city to collect canned goods and non-perishable items. Nearly 50 locations throughout East Central Indiana will serve as collection sites for the FMS food drive, which runs through Nov. 16.
Muncie residents Nicole Miles and Jorie Smith have been in close contact with churches, schools and local businesses that are participating in this year’s food drive, which gives needy residents a chance to cook a few good meals after Thanksgiving is over. Small businesses like Parlour salon and Scott Metzler’s State Farm office participate each year, as do Muncie Community Schools, Delaware Community Schools and other academic institutions such as Ball State University and Ivy Tech State College.
Larger businesses such as Magna and Navient are also on board again this year, as are our generous houses of worship, such as St. Mary’s Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church and Church of the Living God. We are grateful for everyone who helps us collect food.
“We gladly accept everything from a box of brownies to a can of soup,” said FMS Chair Jeannine Lee Lake. “We are also thankful for those who opt out of the food drive and instead collect money and organize corporate or group donations. As we celebrate our community’s philanthropic spirit, (however it comes to us,) we are already celebrating a successful fundraising season that allows Muncie to take care of its own.”
Muncie resident Tamica Crumes is tweaking the menu for Thanksgiving Day, and organizers anticipate the aromas of turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie. If you haven’t already taken time to visit our website at fmsmuncie.org, please take a few minutes and do so. You can sign up a needy family to receive a meal, and find local food resources who help throughout the year. The website also provides information to register to volunteer from now until Nov. 22, whether sacking groceries, cutting potatoes, or helping clean the kitchen at Central High School after meals are completed.
“Whatever you do will be a blessing, and it is most definitely appreciated,” said Lake. “God bless you all and please keep us in your prayers as we continue our FMS founders’ (George and Teresa Huggins) mission to “feed the sheep” of this wonderful city.”