The soggy weather of Saturday and Sunday was not kind to this years Cornbread Festival, but the Cornbread folks were very kind to MCCM.
Thanks to Beth Duggar, the Cornbread Festival 2013 Committee, and Martha White Foods Incorporated for the donation of 5 pounds bags of flour and cornmeal, and 9 cases of hush puppy mix. Thank you to Derrald Beck and Donny Smith for picking up these donations.
The South Pittsburg Rotary Club donated pancake mix and syrup leftover from the Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast. Thank you to Jennifer and Kaz Hasnani who picked up the leftovers and brought them to MCCM.
The United Way of Chattanooga in Marion County has just notified us that our Good Neighbors program has received a substantial grant. We are very grateful to United Way and for our community’s support of this much needed ministry.
The proceeds of this grant will be used to enable our friends and neighbors-in-need to avoid disconnection of vital utilities services.
Thank you United Way!
The 2nd Bonus Days event was another huge success. On April 25th we, in cooperation with the Chattanooga Food Bank (CAFB) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), distributed 20,000 pounds of food to 301 of our client families.
Each family received 26 lbs of meat (10 lbs pork, 6 lbs of ham, and 10 lbs of chicken), 6 lbs of frozen blueberries, 7 lbs of fresh pears, 10 lbs of russet potatoes, a USDA bag consisting of juice, beef stew, canned pinto beans, and dry northern beans and a goody bag consisting of fruit snacks, snack cakes, granola bars, rice crispy bars, coffee, and vitamins.
Many thanks to all of our AMAZING volunteers for your hard work. We were scheduled to distribute food for 3 hours but you were so efficient we moved 301 families through the distribution in an hour and a half.
Thanks again to Wesley Brown for your time, your skills, and your fork lift.
The Men’s Ministry Group at Jasper First Baptist Church did indeed cleanup. On Saturday, April 13th the group spent over two hours cleaning up the historic cemetery in back of MCCM. This is a vital ministry to MCCM and the community and we greatly appreciate their efforts.
They estimated that the cemetery would need to be cleaned again in two months during the summer. They have issued a challenge to other church groups to clean the cemetery in June and again in August.
Do you have a group in your church who will accept the challenge? Let Ginger or Gary know.
Red Grider, of Jasper, 78, passed away, Friday, March 29, 2013. Red was a former deacon at First Baptist Church of Jasper and a veteran of the U S Navy, After his retirement from DuPont, he became an avid gardener and a valued volunteer at the Marion County Food Bank. He also enjoyed wood working and golfing.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Jasper First Baptist Church at 1 pm CDT, on Monday, April 1, 2013. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 am CDT until time of the service.
Interment will follow in Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens.
Red was one of our unsung and unseen volunteer heroes at the Food Bank. He was one of the crew of shoppers who keep our shelves stocked.
Please keep Nancy, his wife of 54 years, and her family in your prayers.
Depart, O Christian soul, out of this world;
In the name of God the Father Almighty who created you;
In the name of Jesus Christ who redeemed you;
In the name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you.
May your rest be this day in peace,
and your dwelling place in the Paradise of God. Amen