It took me a couple of drive-bys to find this church, one of Food Finders’ many regular food recipients; it’s an unassuming building with peeling paint, a small sign and a chain link fence surrounding the parking lot. The thing that tipped me off and caught my eye was the line of waiting people that snaked down the sidewalk and street.
I was greeted with a big smile from the man working at a table who was collecting numbers from the people in line. “You must be from Food Finders!” He directed me to the woman who is the main food contact for Harbor Baptist. She was stationed in a small room, serving as the first point of contact for the people standing in line. She knew many of them, greeting them by name, inquiring about their family members and asking where many of them have been. As I sat with her, I was struck by how very different the people in line were– some old, some young, men and women, children and young pregnant girls–all a diversity of ethnicities. Some in line were homeless and others were dressed as though going to an interview directly after getting their food.
Sadly, after about 40 minutes of sitting with the intake person, the day’s food had run out. They had to turn away the remaining 10 people in line.
When I had arrived they were distributing breads and bakery items that Food Finders had delivered earlier that morning. Before leaving, I got a tour of where and how food was stored. There was nothing left; not a single loaf. The shelves were completely empty. Last month Harbor Baptist served 398 families which equated to 2,058 people.
I was told that they are also in need of diapers and clothing and bedding for babies. Food Finders also now has a goal to try and get them fresh produce and dairy – not just bakery and bread items. On to the next agency….