To the Editor,
In 2013, the Robeson County Church and Community Center Food Pantry experienced a tremendous increase in the number of requests for food.
In the midst of adversity, high poverty, high unemployment and the extreme need for food, I stand in awe of how God has moved to usher food our way to meet the needs of those who are hungry. The center embarked on walk-a-thons to benefit local food pantries, Thanksgiving baskets for seniors, and food boxes for our Brighter Christmas program. We are grateful of the efforts by The Robesonian to publicize these efforts.
The donations we have received from across the county came from: Campbell Soup, Mountaire, Sarah, hundreds of residents and pastors, contractors, schools, communities of faith and conferences — the Presbyterian, the Robeson Baptist Association, the Burnt Swamp Baptist Association, the Lumber River Holiness Methodist Conference, the NC United Methodist Conference, young people, Nash Finch, UNCP and Robeson Community College, United Way, Duke Progress Energy, Southeastern Regional Medical Center, medical communities, Kingdom Place, Second Harvest, restaurants, the county commissioners, local law enforcement, media outliers, non-profits, the city of Lumberton, EMC, Robeson County Retired Teachers, the Bar Association, the Public Schools of Robeson County, the Lumberton Treatment Center, businesses, and civic and professional entities.
Your compassion and kindheartedness has resulted in almost 175,000 pounds of food donated. Additionally, toiletries, backpacks were provided the homeless, toys, bicycles, and clothing were given to 170 families at Christmas, and Thanksgiving food boxes were provided senior citizens. Of course we cannot say enough about those who volunteer with us every week.
Because of your caring and sharing, the ministry has helped the homeless, those who are facing a crisis, families and individuals in need of food, transitioning from prison or a hospital stay, those in need of medical supplies, medicine or Ensure, rent or heating, and those who have escaped domestic violence.
Because of your giving, the Robeson County Church and Community Center touches more than 33,000 lives this past year.
From the board of directors and staff, we humbly offer our sincere thanks for your continued commitment and compassion to this ministry to help us be the hands and feet of Jesus for our fellow brothers and sisters who are down trodden, poor needy in this great county
Robeson County Church and Community Center