Monday, February 15, 2010

Distributing Food

Since receiving the huge donation of food and supplies in mid-January from the grocery store that had the fire Supplying Needs has been able to give out half the food in a matter of 3 short weeks. The food has gone to 7 churches who reach out to their community and some have come back multiple times to pick up the donated items. Supplying Needs has also been able to directly give food to 9 families.

Here are some testimonies:

One church has been giving food out in a time of need to their congregation. The pastor was praying and planning to open up the food pantry to the public this March of 2010. He had been praying for God to open doors for them to start receiving food when he got our call. When we arrived the Pastor had said this was an answer to pray.

Another church had given almost all their food out in November and December and were strategizing how they could get more food for those in need when we called. They came by to the office building that was donated to us for one month and took as much as they could fit in their vehicles.

Another pastor had just moved to Stockton from San Fransisco looking for cheaper rent. He saw there was such a need here that he started helping his surrounding area. We were connected to this pastor through a man that does Celebrate Recovery at one of the churches we give to. The first week we gave food to him he had two or three families by the next week he had a list of ten families that were in need of food and clothing.

One church we give to helps 60 people per week and another church over 300 people.

God continues to blow us away with His timing and His strategic planning to connect us with churches who have a heart to help the poor, hungry and lost.

On a final note we just learned that Stockton is number 4 in the nation of hungry people.
There is such a need here in the City of Stockton.

Kind Regards,
Supplying Needs

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Fire Turned into a Blessing.

In August the mini bus arrived safely in Stockton California all the way from Pennsylvania. Since then we have been approaching every grocery store in a 30 mile radius. One grocery store said they would give their non-sellable products to us but when we called each week or went in to see them they said they did not have anything and that instead they would call us. They kept telling us that if they had anything they would contact us not the other way around.

That was months ago. But in mid January we got a call from the same grocery store saying there was a fire and for us to come down and recieve the food. When our crew got to the store the owner showed us around by flash light because they no longer had electricity. He then proceeded to tell us that all the food was ours and we needed to get the food out as soon as possible.

We worked 6 hours that day filling our refrigerated box truck from top to bottom with food. The food wasn't damaged but they could no longer sell it. So we filled up grocery carts row by row and then dumped it in the truck. Clearing each aisle as fast as possible. The next day we unloaded the truck and then went back again to start the whole process over again. It took us 3 days to unload the whole store.

During the 6 days loading and unloading we filled a 10x20 storage unit full of food and an owner of a strip mall of offices gave us office space one month FOR FREE. Now both the storeage unit and office is full of food.

As of now we have one month to empty the office. Churches are coming and loading up their vehicles with food for thier outreaches. One church we are giving to gives to 70 families and another church gives to approaximately 350 people.

God has blessed us in abundance and we are so grateful He chose us for a time such as things.

To God be the Gorly,
Supplying Needs

One out of the two of our Storage Units

Card board bins full

Our Truck full from top to bottom