By Tia Lynn Ivey
What began as a one-time grocery giveaway has evolved into a blossoming food ministry. The Morgan County Ministers Union is opening up a food pantry out of the old middle school on Pearl Street in Madison.
The Madison-Morgan Community Food Pantry will serve as a non-profit organization to ensure local families can put food on the table during these unprecedented times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which has wrought widespread financial hardship due to lay-offs and shutdowns.
The Morgan County Ministers Union, along with other local churches and community groups, have partnered together to distribute about 150 boxes of food and other supplies for free each week to families in need. The Grocery Giveaway was conducted at Morgan County High School each week, but now that school is back in session, a new location was needed. The vacant old middle school, equipped with a large cafeteria seemed to be the perfect space for the growing food ministry.
Madison Mayor Fred Perriman and Reverend Robert Terrell, both members of the Ministers Union, are thrilled with the generous matching grant donation from the Conrads Foundation and urge the community to continue contributing to the cause.
“During this COVID-19 pandemic, this is the season, this is the time for all of us, city and county, to become ONE Morgan,” said Perriman. “We are showing the spirit of ONE Morgan because we all see the need in the community.”
Terrell also praised all the churches, organizations, donors and individual volunteers for joining forces with the Ministers Union to make the Grocery Giveaway a sustainable success. Now a full blown food pantry will be birthed out of the community’s generosity.
“This isn’t just us,” said Terrell. “There are 16 local churches involved with this, local donors, and local individuals volunteering to make this happen. We want to give thanks to each and everyone who has participated in this effort. We could not have done this without them.”
“This says a lot about our community that we are coming together to keep our kids and families afloat,” said Perriman. “I would urge all of our citizens to continue to rally around the Ministers Union. United we stand, divided we fall. Let’s keep this spirit going, that One Morgan Spirit.
According to April Tarpley, treasurer for the Morgan County Ministers Union, the grocery giveaway has taken on a life of its own.
“We are a ministry on the move,” said Tarpley. “We had come to realize that this is bigger than a season of food blessing to the community. The pandemic was just a means to an end. This was Ministry. God had placed us together for ministry.”
Forward all future donations to The Madison-Morgan Community Food Pantry, Incorporated, Post Office Box 407, Madison, Georgia 30650.