Canned goods were gathered by PACT (Pocket Area Churches Together) on May 15 to supply local food closets that serve South Sacramento residents who are in need during these tough times. Future projects to help neighbors in need are planned. / Photo iStockphoto
A new emerging ecumenical organization calling itself Pocket Area Churches Together (PACT) made quite a dent on hunger on Sunday, May 15. Consisting of members of Faith Presbyterian, Riverside Wesleyan, and St. Anthony Catholic churches, the fledgling organization brought together more than 85 volunteers to go door-to-door asking residents for canned goods to feed the hungry.
“Hunger never takes a day off,” said Frank Allen to the volunteers as they formed teams to go door to door. “Thousands of needy families in South Sacramento are turning to the Food Locker operated by the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership for food. A year ago the Locker was providing needed nutrition for 3,000 families per month. Now that number has climbed to nearly 6,000 families. What this means is that the Food Locker needs a lot more canned goods to meet the increasing needs.”
Most of the food collected on Sunday went to the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (SSIP).
The volunteers formed teams of five to four walkers and one driver. They were assigned to go to about 100 Pocket area homes to share what the churches are doing and to offer people an opportunity to make a donation. The results were phenomenal. According to the director of the food locker, more than 1,600 pounds of food worth an estimated $3,000 was delivered on Monday morning and was already being used to feed hungry families.
What’s more, the volunteers from three Pocket area churches were thrilled with the results.
“Not only did we collect a lot of food for needy families, we also had a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with members of our neighboring congregations,” said John Stockton, a leader from Riverside Wesleyan. “God’s spirit was definitely with us as we prayed together, worked together and then celebrated by sharing a meal together. We look forward to doing more projects together in the near future.”
“The pastors of these churches have been meeting together for years,” said Jeff Chapman, pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church. “A few months ago, we decided it was time to turn our words and good intentions into joint action. PACT and this effort to feed the hungry was a first, excellent step.”
“We are gathering together as Christian communities of faith for the greater good of our whole community,” added Mike Higley, pastor of Riverside Wesleyan. “We believe we can do a lot more good together than separately. We’ve made a ‘pact’ to do just that.”