FRONT CALCULATIONS, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) –
Holiday food distribution has come and gone, but for this non-profit, delivering food isn’t seasonal, it’s a 24/7 operation. For the Liberated Church at Riverton, using their own resources to distribute food around the community, didn’t make them think twice. But even with their daily freight and labor for the past 10 years, they don’t even want to take out credit.
Richard Mills, pastor at the Set Free Church, stated “I’m not really praying for food service or looking for it, but it’s what God has given us, so we’ll be the best stewards of what God has. provided and I just want to give Him all the glory. “
The Food Bank of the Rockies asked the church if they wanted to become a grocery rescue partner to become a container for picking up leftovers from the grocery store and distributing it where it was needed. Typically, department heads of the grocery store would collect food from their own section and give it to the grocery store rescue partner. “But nobody came to really get it, so they gave it all to hog breeders,” Mills said.
So, even though the church has been signed to become a groceries rescue partner with Wal-Mart, the department heads are still not used to gathering food, so all the church will take and distribute is bread, to Wal-Mart. employees find support among their coworkers. “He asked us what we were doing with the food, and we told him how we were doing outreach, feeding the people here,” added Mills.
Apart from feeding people in the recovery program, Set Free started serving people on the street and invited them to come to church for a hearty meal. “He started coming to hang out with us, and see what we were doing, so he asked all the department heads to start gathering food together,” Mills said.
The church then started getting bread, milk, meat, and produce. Even though they didn’t have the means to store everything, they did have vehicles and trailers for transporting food. Mills noted, “A lot of food started arriving over the years.”
Since then they have transported seven days a week to distribute food to various food distribution centers, city halls, senior centers, and churches in Arapahoe, Ethete, Pavillion, Hudson and Riverton. They even caught the attention of Sara Lee, who now supplied the bread.
“God has opened the door, and it’s all God because we really haven’t been chasing anything, just fell on our laps,” said Mills.
Although most of the food is distributed in various warehouses, Set Free Church distributes meat daily at 3pm
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