Westview United Methodist Church wants to help feed the hungry in Fairview by opening a Community Food Pantry – and they need the community’s help to make it happen.
“Our vision is to partner with other groups, churches, and individuals as we serve our neighbors and build community spirit,” stated Kim Mangrum with Westview UMC.
Starting Saturday, February 5, community members in need of food will be able to visit the fellowship hall at Westview UMC from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. to receive basic food items. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for coffee.
The pantry will open on the first, fourth and possibly the fifth Saturday of each month. On the other Saturdays, those in need may visit the GraceWorks Ministries Mobile Food Bank at Fairview Middle School, if the pantry is distributing food that day.
For the new food pantry to succeed, volunteers are needed to serve on teams. Each team will consist of four volunteers who will shop for pantry items, stock shelves and serve one Saturday a month distributing the food to those visiting the pantry.
Mangrum advised that the teams could be represented by another church, a Sunday school class, a community organization, or just four community volunteers.
Each team can shop at their own convenience once a month during their week and makes sure the shelves are stocked for their team’s Saturday morning pantry.
If you would like to join or form a team for this new ministry, you can call at 615-799-0250 or message the church on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Westview.
Mangrum noted, “Westview may be the location of the food pantry, but that doesn’t mean you have to attend Westview. We want everyone and all groups to feel comfortable and get involved as a community.”
Westview UMC is located at 7107 Westview Drive across Fairview Boulevard from the Fairview Recreation Center.