Food Ministries

...Whoever comes to me will never go hungry.

John 6:35

We source our food from Project Hope in Hot Springs, a food bank that allows us to source quality and low-cost food. We want to expand this ministry and your dollars will stretch very far through this ministry.
We take non-perishable food donations as well as hygiene products, diapers, and Bibles.
If you would like to know more about this, please contact Rev. Walt Garrett.

Churches joint council on human needs

CJCOHN is continuing to distribute food during the COVID-19 pandemic but has changed its distribution process.  CJCOHN needs help on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays, starting at 8:30, volunteers are needed to help unload the truck of food from the Arkansas Foodbank, and to pack boxes of food for distribution on Wednesday.  Tuesdays are the biggest workdays and volunteers are particularly needed on Tuesdays.

CJCOHN also needs help Wednesdays where food is distributed through a drive thru process which operates from 10am to 2pm. Clients drive in the back gate at CJCOHN and food is placed in their trunk. Clients do not leave their vehicles, minimizing potential for exposure to COVID-19.  
Starting in August, food will only be distributed on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month which will reduce the overall work necessary to continue to distribute food. During the non-distribution weeks, volunteers will still be needed on Tuesday mornings to unload the truck of food from the Arkansas Foodbank.  
If you are able and are comfortable with getting out and helping at CJCOHN please come to CJCOHN (103 East Elm) on Tuesdays at 8:30 or Wednesdays. When you arrive see Georgia Barnett who will direct you as to what needs to be done. (bring your mask, as all volunteers wear masks).

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Food Pantry

One of our largest ministries that supports our community in vital ways is our food pantry. In this COVID time it is largely from our exterior food pantry which is filled 2-to-3 times a day. For those needing more food we offer bags of food. All of the shelf-stable products we have are sourced from Project Hope in Hot Springs.

Thanks to the generous donations of scores of individuals and Sunday School classes we spend on average $1,500 on food every month touching the lives of hundreds of families and thousands of people in Saline County each month.

Monday Night Meal

UPDATE: While the Monday Night Meal is still not gathering weekly, we have begun partnering with The Church of the Helping Hands feeding ministry the first Tuesday of the month.
If you are interested in supporting this ministry, please contact Rev. Walt Garrett.
In pre-COVID days we shared a weekly meal with around 20-40 adults in the gym we call the Christian Life Center (which is also where we have our 9 a.m. contemporary worship service). Around 100 different adults come to the meal every month and often bring food home with them.

Rev. Walt often prays and counsels guests who are struggling emotionally or spiritually. Some guests have started worshiping with us on Sundays and have quickly become part of our community here! The meal is supported by volunteers who serve 1 week every 8 weeks and it is sustained from financial donations from both in and out of the church.

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