During the summer months children in subsidized housing areas do not have the same access to food as they do during the school year. Many schools offer these children free or reduced price breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. This lack of access to food can strain already tight household budgets in these locations. Given the existence of federally funded weekday feeding programs, we designed our program to focus on providing children with food for the weekend.← See more...CLICK THE PHOTO to enlarge it.
The Gospels tell the story of Christ using two fish and five loaves of bread to feed the 5,000. This image is reflected in AIM’s ministry of "Fishes & Loaves." We began by opening a small food bank in April of 1997 to provide non-perishable food to the less fortunate of our community.
Operating on a first-come, first-served basis, we assist an average of 40 families each morning. We also offer one afternoon service day each month, by appointment for pre-authorized persons only, who have verifiable work schedules or medical conditions that prevent them from visiting during standard operating hours. The following items may be needed in order for us to properly document your visit:
This program began at AIM in April 2005 as a way to help senior food pantry clients whose physical limitations or transportation issues make it difficult for them to come for the food assistance that they need. AIM Staff identifies, then interviews potential participants during a home visit to determine if they qualify for the Community Connections program. Once approved, then they are matched with a volunteer who will deliver them a monthly package including USDA commodities and donated food items. The goal of this program is to outreach to these seniors and disabled clients, by not only delivering food to them each month, but by also taking some of their needs back to their church family -- things such as mowing their lawn and remembering their birthday. Also, they may need help doing simple things around their homes that help them maintain their independence and remain in their homes. For instance, they may just need a light bulb replaced or new batteries in their smoke detectors and their volunteer can help them. They may even need assistance with a high utility bill through our Emergency Assistance Program. Community Connections volunteers will make the coordinator aware of any need that comes to their attention and AIM will either assist them with the need or make the appropriate agency referral.
These mass food distributions are held on the second Saturday of at least eight months of the year. Groups sponsoring these events cover the minimal cost of the 5,000 pounds (or more) of food that arrives on a truck from Golden Harvest Food Bank on the morning of the distribution. They also provide a location and volunteers to prepare and distribute the food to those who come out to receive a portion of it for their households.
The location of each event will vary depending upon the sponsoring church or organization, and is publicized several weeks in advance.
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Stories like this one are a small part of why we exist. To provide hope to those in need.
"Hi to all who make the food pantry possible:
My name is Robin & I want to thank and acknowledge you to administration for helping me. I never thought I would be down to popcorn soup and H--- with a 7 yr. old & myself to feed with NO money. I needed help and found it with you. I arrived after hrs friday, but was given an emergency package. To my amazement I was treated graciously with kindness & Christ directed encouragement. Please know not only did I leave with food to fill my belly but just as importantlly nourishment for my soul.
Thank you with all my heart."