The Dunean UMC Food Pantry has been in operation more than 8 years and serves an average of 65 families every month. Three other churches support our food pantry mission, Buncombe UMC, Christ UMC and Monaghan UMC as well as Loaves and Fishes of Greenville.
Barbara Lord and Renee Clardy, members of Dunean UMC, do a phenomenal job of coordinating volunteers, maintaining food inventory, fundraising and overseeing the daily operation of the mission.
The Dunean community has embraced the mission, and the families we serve make their way to the church every month, not only for the bags of food, but also for the companionship and prayers. They are delighted to see us, spend time with us, and pray with us. We are especially grateful to be able to lift their spirits as well.
I guess the most humbling part of the mission is when we hear the words “thank you” when we are handing out a bag of food, because we always reply, “No, thank YOU for the privilege of being able to serve you.”