Alamo Heights Christian Church
Sunday, May 20, 2018

AHCC Food Pantry



Our Mission Statement:

We strive to provide food for anyone who walks through our doors. Each is welcomed with a smile and treated with dignity and respect. We do not pretend to solve the problem of hunger in our society, but we can make today a bit more tolerable for those in our midst who are hungry. 

 ~AHCC Food Pantry Blog~ 

On 12 January 2018, the national food advocacy group Feeding America shared its first message of the year. Feeding America’s mission is: “to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.” According to the USDA, 1 in 6 children in this country are food insecure—meaning that millions of children lack regular and easy access to the meals they need to thrive. Today, more than 4 out of 5 food in secure households served by the Feeding America network have children under the age of 18. The concept of food banking was developed by John van Hengel in Phoenix, AZ in the late 1960s. Van Hengel, a retired businessman, had been volunteering at a soup kitchen when he met a desperate mother who regularly rummaged through grocery store garbage bins to find food for her children. She suggested that there should be a place where, instead of being thrown out, discarded food could be stored for people to pick up. Van Hengel established St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix, AZ as the nation’s first food bank. In its initial year, van Hengel and his team of volunteers distributed 275,000 pounds of food to people in need. What about the AHCC Food Pantry? How have we been doing? On Tuesday 16 January 2018, a day where many businesses and schools in San Antonio were closed due to weather, the AHCC Food Pantry was open. We provided food for five families who braved the elements to get food. One young woman, the mother of six children, came to us with hopeful anticipation that we could help. Her husband was not working that day due to the weather and stayed home, but there were mouths to feed, so she came to the AHCC Food Pantry for help. We filled her car with boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, canned food and meats, enough for a week or more. While we waste food, others waste away. By some estimates, nearly half of the food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. goes to waste. As Christians we are to feed the poor and help people who are in need. Feeding the needy is part of serving one another and as we serve others we are serving Christ. Remember: True faith in Christ will result in good deeds.
1 John 3:17-18 Now, suppose a person has enough to live on and notices another believer in need. How can God’s love be in that person if he doesn’t bother to help the other believer? Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words. 
AHCC Food Pantry
Needs Your Help! 
AHCC Food Pantry
Needs Your Help!

1Monetary donation are both appreciated and now  necessary
      to keep

2 - We use All Donations to make Food Purchases through the
      San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB). 

3 - Purchases made through the SAFB are generally

     40-60% less than any other food venue.

4 - Questions? Please ask Sarah Warren, Barbara Perkins, or Liz
     Brown for details .



Alamo Heights Christian Church solely depends on donations