Church offering “hand up” during monthly food giveaway PDF Print E-mail

Walking into House of Refuge Ministries Church on a recent Saturday morning you knew something special was happening.


Something special was definitely happening. Over 20 volunteers had arrived at the church early to begin preparations for the monthly food giveaway. Volunteers set up the conveyors to ease the task of getting filled boxes to the delivery destination. Volunteers then went to work on the task at hand, filling lots and lots of boxes with delicious food. Boxes were overflowing with the Dare to Care food donations as they rolled down the conveyor. Volunteers then picked up the boxes and placed them into the car of the food giveaway participant.

Those visiting the church for the monthly food giveaway do not even leave their vehicle. Volunteers welcome them to the event and deliver the complimentary food box to their vehicle.

The food box is limited to one per household per month. Requirements for the food box are: must provide a picture ID, such as a valid driver’s license; proof of residency such as a recent utility bill, mail piece, renter’s agreement, etc.; must provide the number of all individuals currently living in the household.  This information must be provided at each visit.

“It blesses me to see hard-working people come and get a box of groceries. You know, if we can give them some groceries then they have a way to pay other bills,” stated Pastor Dianna Tucker. “We like to say, this is a hand up, not a hand out.”

During the month of December, House of Refuge Ministries helped 213 families during the food giveaway.

Food boxes are available the third Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at House of Refuge Ministries located at 7059 East State Road 362 in Nabb. Due to the parking constraints, please do not arrive at the church before 9:30 a.m.

“We are just trying to help people out. I want people to see this as a hand up. I like to see the hard-working people coming for a food box. God’s trying to help us and we are refusing the help. I want everyone to feel welcome to come and receive a complimentary food box. Everyone can use a hand up. Like I said, it’s a hand up, not a hand out,” Tucker concluded.

Tucker is looking to make some improvements to the food ministry.

“We need to add gravel to the driveway to help with the flow of traffic we have now. We also need to purchase some conveyors. We have borrowed these and we need to purchase our own,” she explained. If you would like to make a donation to the House of Refuge Ministries Food Ministry to help with their needed improvements, please contact Pastor Tucker.

For more information about the House of Refuge Ministries Food Ministry please contact Pastor Dianna Tucker at 812-704-7379.