PROJECT: WELL FED
First Five – Food Ministry
You have heard about the need for food in your community and may wonder, “What can I do?”
Mission Georgia First Five is designed to help you take five steps of action that will begin to uncover ways you can meet needs and share the gospel with people in your area. Each of the five steps will help you see God at work in and through your church. At any point along the way, feel free to email Mission Georgia with questions you may have.
Talk with the leadership of your church about the opportunity to minister to people through food ministry.
- If you’re a pastor, let your congregation know you would like to know who is able to help with this project. Give every member a chance to learn more about this opportunity whether it is youth, families, young adults or senior adults. Designate a leader or co-leaders to carry out steps 2-5.
- If you are a church member, ask to meet with your pastor or other leadership to discuss this opportunity. Ask if the church is already involved in this ministry and discuss the possibility of taking further steps of action.
Register your interest with Mission Georgia.
- Fill out the online Mission Georgia Interest form This simple form will enable Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff to connect with you and let you know of current opportunities and resources you may want to consider.
- You can also inform GBMB staff about ministry opportunities you are aware of.
Connect with an organization or food ministry meeting needs in your community.
- You can do an online search or contact your associational office to discover local ministries.
- Contact a representative of the organization and let them know you are interested in their ministry. Ask them about ways your church can partner. Ask about online or onsite training for volunteers as well as their current needs and the process for food donations.
- Bring information back to your church leadership. Make a plan to send volunteers or donate food within the next 30 days.
- Ask the church to pray for the organization and this opportunity to serve. Pray that God will open doors for gospel conversations.
Gather food and/or volunteers to serve with the food ministry.
- Get the word out to donate food or volunteer. Make sure you create awareness that reaches all age levels and connects through various outlets (email, social media, etc).
- Give a variety of ways for individuals to participate. Some can pray, some can pick up or deliver food, and others can promote or donate funds.
Celebrate the ways your church served the community.
- After you have dropped off food or served at a food ministry, make a big deal of it!
- With permission, post pictures on your church social media using the hashtag #missiongeorgia
- Share brief testimonies during worship services and ask church members to continue to pray for those who are serving the vulnerable.
- Send stories of your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 411K+ senior citizens are isolated, living alone (Source)
- 319K+ senior citizens are threatened by hunger (Source)
- 84% of the counties with the highest percentage of children at risk for food insecurity are rural (Source)
- 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger in Georgia (Source)
- Seniors, children and rural Georgians are at greatest risk of hunger (Source)
- 40% of food insecure families water down food and drinks(Source)
- 66% of families dealing with food insecurity had to choose between food and medical care(Source)
- More than 2 million Georgians live in a food desert (Source)