DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church announced its “Mega Million Milestone” in the fight against food insecurity since the pandemic after serving its millionth person.
A church press release said that after two and a half years of providing free meals and resources to families, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church reached a milestone on October 15, when it distributed weekly food run by The King’s Table.
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DeKalb resident Priscilla Ward, 69, has become the millionth person to receive free groceries and shelf-stable items.
Ward said she didn’t realize what was happening at first when she walked through the cast line with her sister Brenda Billings in the passenger seat.
After cheers, confetti and a display of appliances, Ward realized the significance of the day.
“I feel wonderful. It was the surprise of a lifetime,” Ward said.
New Birth Senior Pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant said people can move mountains when they come together.
“The enduring truth is that growing food insecurity for families and the elderly continues to be a solemn reality as our global markets continue to sputter, rising rates of inflation challenge our checkbooks, and the looming threat of a recession constrains our economic prospects,” Bryant said. “The power of people, when we come together, can really move mountains. More than 100 partners remained committed to being the best example of humanity in times of crisis.
Ward also received a check for $1,000 after joining Dr. Bryant for a special ceremony.
“I’m just overwhelmed with the joy of the Lord,” Ward said.
Saturday’s special moment brought together 300 volunteers, community leaders, corporate sponsors and international partners.
“Thanks to the generosity of our partners, we have been able to mobilize a network of community organizations to ensure that The King’s Table’s reach is never limited to families in our immediate radius,” said Carla Stokes, pastor of New Birth’s Outreach. . “What people have seen at the King’s Table over the past few years has really been focused on our Saturday outreach, but we are working throughout the week to make sure our regional partners can mirror our outreach efforts. awareness in their respective locations and have the resources to fight hunger in their community.”
In March 2020, New Birth launched The King’s Table food pantry, initially serving 30 families each month. Less than a week after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, The King’s Table held weekly food distributions attracting thousands of cars each Saturday.
New Birth and The King’s Table have announced that they will air the documentary Road to One Million on October 17 at 7:30 p.m. live on the church’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
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