By: Jeannine Lee Lake, Feed My Sheep Chair—
Muncie, IN—Feed My Sheep is happy to announce that plans are underway for the 24th annual Thanksgiving Community Outreach Dinner, which includes free hot meals and groceries to needy families. Last year, we served 1,500 four-course holiday meals and distributed 750 bags of groceries to less-fortunate families.
Feed My Sheep was started in 1995 by former Muncie residents George and Teresa Huggins, who retired after decades as educators in Muncie Community Schools. The Huggins family believed in biblical scriptures that encourage service to others and their spirit of helping continues on in Muncie, decades after the first FMS program began in their own kitchen. The mission began with 50, then 100 people, and has grown to the benevolent annual event that it is held at Muncie Central High School every Thanksgiving Day.
Besides hot meals and groceries, FMS also has several satellite locations that distribute bags of groceries from 9-11 am every Thanksgiving Day.
We also have a “pop-up store” inside Muncie Central called the George and Teresa Blessing Room that provides free clothing, shoes, small appliances and furniture. Those items come from yearlong donations —mostly given by generous residents who give us their rummage sale leftovers.
To make all this happen, we rely solely on the kindnesses of Delaware County and East Central Indiana residents. We are asking for monetary donations again this year to help pay for things such as rental of the MCS cafeteria, hiring of school custodial staff, event insurance, mailings, marketing materials and other literature.
Your business, school or church can collect donations on our behalf, or perhaps consider donating items for the food drive, which began Oct. 28 and ends Nov. 26.Nearly 50 local schools, businesses and churches are on board collecting canned food and non-perishable boxed goods.
These items will be sorted and checked for safety and then put into bags that are distributed on Nov. 28. Here are examples of items to donate: Canned fruits and vegetables, beans, rice, boxed mashed potatoes, pasta mixes, cereal (box or bag), breakfast bars or pop tarts, baking mix (Jiffy), powdered milk, ramen noodles, applesauce, crackers, soup, peanut butter, Macaroni and cheese, chill beans, spaghetti sauce and pudding/Jello that doesn’t require refrigeration.
Feed My Sheep would love your help in feeding the hungry this Thanksgiving—either through monetary giving or food donations. You might also sign on to volunteer on Wednesday Nov. 27 during the hours of 4-10 pm or on Thursday, Nov. 28 from 5 am-3 pm.
Thank you so much for your support and for helping our community take care of its own for another year.
Blessings and hope.
Jeannine Lee Lake, Feed My Sheep Chair