Local church handing out groceries to those in need

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

To get the food, all you have to do is show up. There are no qualifications and you don't have to live in the Blythe community. It is done on a first-come, first-served basis.

Food is served on the second Thursday of every month starting at 9 a.m. at the Blythe Recreation Center (3129 Georgia 88 Blythe, GA 30805).

News 12 This Morning / Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

BLYTHE, Ga. -- A new program is helping to feed more than 150 local families. It's called "Be a Food Hero" and gives free groceries to those in need.

On Monday morning, families were still eating the food handed out to them last Thursday by the program. The Word Full Gospel Baptist Church in Augusta puts together 150 bags of groceries and gives them away at the Blythe Recreation Center to those who just need a little help.

"It's a blessing, you know, and they're doing God's work," said Jeffery Phillips as he walked out of the Blythe Area Recreation Center with a bag full of groceries.

He's been looking for work since 2008 and says every day is difficult.

"My unemployment ran out in 2011 and I've been struggling really ever since," he said.

This is the second time he's received the food from the "Be a Food Hero" program.

"Every little thing helps," he explained. "Even if you get food stamps, the way the prices are, the little bit of money they give you, you can't always make ends meet and stretch everything."

He says if the program didn't exist he would just have to do without.

The program was started by Pastor Rodney Motley.

"When he said to Peter, if you love me feed my sheep, and that's what we're going to do," Motley said. "Simply put, I took him literally and that's what my church does."

They've been serving the community in Blythe for five months now.

"This area is one of the areas that's so needed," Motley said.

They can help 150 families once a month giving them enough food for one week, but their goal is to feed 1,000.

"We have people that come in they don't have anything to eat at all and that's just not right," he said. "We live in one of the richest countries in the world and it's great that we send foreign aid to all these countries, but when we have people in our own communities that are hungry, we can do something about it."

So that's what he's doing, helping people like Phillips and anyone else he can.

"Everybody could use a hand," Phillips said.

"It's not a handout, it's a hand up that will help get a person through a period in their life because it's only temporary," Motley said.

They give out food on the second Thursday of every month starting at 9 a.m. They said this past week over 20 families were waiting in their cars when they arrived.

To get the food, all you have to do is show up. There are no qualifications and you don't have to live in the Blythe community. It is done on a first-come, first-served basis.

The food comes from the Golden Harvest Food Bank. They are asking people to donate $20 a month. You can either put it in a credit for the Word Full Gospel Church at the food bank or you can send it to the church directly.


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