COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus gives food to the community as part of a monthly program that's been going on for more than a decade.
News Leader 9's Tyrone McCoy was at the church Tuesday, Sept. 16 as dozens filed in for help.
"It makes me have something to last me from one month to the other, till the time for your income to come again," Hattie Ford explains.
Ford says the paper bags packed with food are not only good for her pocketbook with her fixed income, but also good for her health.
"I have health issues and it's helped me to eat some of the things I do need to eat by receiving the commodities I get here," she adds.
It's called Feeding the Community, a service that organizers say they provide for up to 70 households each month.
"We typically average three to four vegetables per bag, we try to have two fruits per bag and at least a canned meat each month in the bags," explains Daniel Hill, chairperson of the Food and Clothes Bank.
It's available to anybody who lives in Muscogee County. All you have to do is sign a household eligibility form, take a number and you're handed a bag of food labeled "USDA commodities."St. James also provides clothes, shoes and sometimes appliances when available.
Miss Ford calls hers and others' access to these things a blessing.
"It's a blessing for me to receive a blessing from St. James," Ford says.
St. James Missionary Baptist Church gets all of their food from Feed the Valley. Clothes and other items are donated by the community. The food and clothes are given out on the Tuesday following the second Sunday of each month. Applications for assistance are also available in Spanish.