Florence — A check for $430 was presented to the Florence Food Bank from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Kearny; the first installment in a series of monthly payments to the charitable group which serves the Copper Basin area, as well as the Florence/Coolidge areas.
The governing board of the congregation decided to encourage its members to make a financial gift for the work of the food bank on Sundays, in addition to the regular offering for the church’s ongoing work. The special gifts totaled $430 in the first month.
Every third Thursday, the Florence Food Bank drives a truckload of food to Kearny for the food distribution. The foods have been given or bought through discount organizations. Volunteers unload the truck, organize the food, and give it out to registered families and individuals from throughout the Copper Basin. Various groups in the Copper Basin have donated generously; notably to the Kearny Elks Lodge. The volunteer workers often make financial contributions. This is the first group, though, to pledge monthly support.
“The amount will vary from month to month,” said Pastor Nina Yardley. Pastor Yardley also noted, “We are hoping to maintain support at this level, depending on the gifts from the people. We hope other churches will develop a way to provide monthly support. The Florence Food Bank helps us in a very real way. They deserve our best efforts.”
The Church of the Good Shepherd is a historically United Methodist congregation in association with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church.