Feeding The Need, One Family At A Time
by Dr. Scott Campbell
Shoreline Community Church has been reaching out to the Kenmore community and beyond through its food pantry ministry since 2009. Over 2000 individual families have received food and encouragement since the ministry's inception. What is really incredible about this number is that this small church is doing big things with hardly any advertising.
Almost all people who received services at the pantry have come for help by word of mouth advertising. The Food Pantry Ministry offers groceries to families in need every Friday. Check-in time is at 10:00 am. After a brief Gospel presentation, food is distributed. People are able to receive food from the pantry up to six times a year.
Shoreline desires to be a place of hope and help for the community and offers many other community events throughout the year such as a Community Movie Night. The annual Movie Night features free food, games and door prizes such as grocery cards and gasoline cards all provided to the neighborhood by the generous giving of the church congregation. The Community Movie Night is an opportunity for the church membership to get to know those living in the community and ascertain new ways to help meet their needs, both spiritually and otherwise.
The next community event on the calendar at Shoreline is the Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway Service. The service is being held at the church on Wednesday, November 20th, at 7:00 pm.
People who would otherwise have to go without a Thanksgiving dinner this year will be able to register at the weekly food pantry service until the November 15th deadline. Those who register will receive a ticket for their Free Frozen Turkey that will include all the trimmings, enough to feed a family of four. Ticket holders will redeem their tickets and receive their food by attending the special service. The church has a goal this year to provide one hundred turkeys, feeding over four hundred people.
Shoreline Community Church does not accept any government assistance but totally relies upon contributions from their congregation and friends of the ministry in order to keep the pantry stocked. The ministry offers food for the soul and “a hand up” rather than a “hand out” to folks in need. Everyone receives a friendly welcome, several days of food, prayer, and an invitation to Sunday services.
If anyone would like to donate food to the food pantry they can do so on Monday and Friday mornings between 9 am and noon. Financial donations can be made to Shoreline Community Church, 790 Carnegie Ave. Akron, Ohio 44314 or through the church website HERE. A $20 donation will provide Thanksgiving dinner for a family of four.
Shoreline Community Church would like to wish your family a Happy Thanksgiving!