Local church feeds community members
The Bethel Assembly of God off of Orchard Avenue puts on a Matthew’s Food Bank, giving away hundreds of pounds of food every month and helping hundreds of local families in the process.
The church gets food at low or no cost from the Rocky Mountain Foodbank or from church members themselves. The name comes from the book of Matthew; volunteers reference the verse, ‘When I was hungry, you fed me. When I was thirsty, you gave me drink.” A lot of the people I spoke with said the noticed a real need in Mesa County and wanted to step in; one in seven people in Mesa County are considered food insecure. They believe the church needs to play an active role in its community.
“We found out that one of the kids, one of the babies, was getting fed water which was incredibly unhealthy, it wasn’t good for the child, the child still needed milk and baby food. Matthew’s Foodbank was able to open doors to all kinds of food to help out that mom," says Director of Matthew’s Food Bank Jorryn Beagley.
Volunteers at Matthew's Foodbank are always looking for others to donate food products for local families or to simply give their time.
The Foodbank takes place on the third Saturday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. or until the food runs out.