Volunteers at the Pullman church spend every Friday for the rest of the summer to make sure the local kids eat.
Pullman Foursquare Church this summer began a new program in which it distributed food bags to families from its front lobby on North Grand Avenue.
“We have a large group of people who shop every week,” said KC Cerritos, youth director for Pullman Foursquare Church. “We serve 30 people. (That’s) our goal. “
Volunteers from the church shop for food with money donated to the church.
Volunteers wear friday masks as they wait in the church lobby to provide food. Posted on the front door are signs that say “YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN” and “DO NOT UNTIL”
Cerritos said the program also served as an opportunity to provide something that people might not have had during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Because people don’t really talk to each other or look at each other, we want to make connections with people when that doesn’t happen,” Cerritos said.
He said there was not much traffic going in to take food bags on Friday, but he was optimistic that more people would take advantage of the program.
“Every week we get more people, so I think it will increase,” he said.
Cerritos said that anyone in the community was welcome to take the bag, but the church hoped to provide assistance to families in particular.
“We really want to serve families in need,” he said. “But this is first come, first served, and if someone comes who has no family, they are welcome to get food here.”
Food is available at 11 noon – 1 noon Friday at 135 N. Grand Avenue.
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