Bread of Life will be having a Thanksgiving Dinner this Sunday, November 23, following service. All are invited to attend. Bread of Life is raising money to help with the cost of supplemental items we purchase each month.
Last year, when Bread of Life started, we pledged to raise $2,000 toward a matching grant. We raised the funds and the $2,000 became $4,000. At the end of the year, someone made an anonymous donation of $2500 into our account at Ozarks Food Harvest (which we are very thankful for). When we ended 2013, we had a total of $6500 we could use for the supplemental items we could purchase through Ozarks Food Harvest. We had a year to use our grant money through Ozarks Food Harvest.
Supplemental items include but are not limited to: laundry soap, additional meat products, spaghetti sauce, diapers, baby wipes, etc. We try to be very frugal when it comes to purchasing supplemental items. We try to purchase the items which clients need but sometimes can’t afford.
We applied for a $2,000 grant as well in August of this year to use for supplemental items in the year 2015. After we applied for the grant, we were notified the funds for the grant had been cut in half for the year 2015. The total amount of funds available for 2014 were $92,000. The funds available for 2015 totals $42,000. Not only did Ozarks Food Harvest feel the hit from the Wal-Mart Foundation, but so did we. Not only are we going to feel the impact, our clients are the ones who will ‘suffer’ the most. Of the $2,000 grant we applied for, we were awarded $500. Our $500 will become $1,000. Regardless, we have $6500 less this year than we did last year. We have been spending about an average of $300- $350 a month on supplemental items. However, we are nearing the end of the time period we have to use our grant money for 2014, so we have been spending more than the $350 a month.
Bread of Life also has a very small wish list going. Some of the items needed are:
- 3-4 carts (about $80 each)
- packing tape
- 2-3 more tables
If you feel led to give in any way, please see Lacey Stokes or Alex. Any and all help is greatly appreciated
When Alex and I attended the Annual Conference in October for Ozarks Food Harvest, we were hit with some pretty shocking numbers
From October 2013 to June 2014, Bread of Life received 29,658 pounds of commodity food, 4,576 pounds of supplemental items and we also received 74,835 pounds of additional food (this includes bakery items, bagged potatoes, water, juice, produce, etc.). The total amount of food we received from Ozarks Food Harvest from October 2013 to June 2014, totals 109,069 pounds. If we were to purchase the amount of food we received at the grocery store, our total bill would come to $183,236.26. Those numbers are pretty amazing for our ‘small’ agency.
This ministry would not be possible without YOUR help. I thank each and every person from the bottom of my heart for all your time, effort, prayers, financial giving and energy into this ministry.
Thank you for helping us feed our neighbors in need.