Food demand increases at local ministry

Published 12:01 am Friday, October 24, 2014

The demand for food at the Christian Service Center continues to rise, and one local business is stepping up to the plate to help assist in meeting the need.

Marvin’s will host a food drive Saturday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

There will also be a car show from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Those who bring non-perishable food items can enter for a wide array of door prizes to be given away.

Leroy Cole, church and community ministries director for the Covington Baptist Association, said so far in 2014, the CSC has given away 272,000 pounds of food.

A number, he said keeps growing. In 2013, the ministry donated 279,000 pounds for the entire year, and distributed an estimated 246,000 pounds of food in 2012

Cole said they usually give five pounds of food per person in the family.

Cole said the ministry, which receives food twice a month from the Bay Area Food Bank, is open to local residents.

“People have to be income eligible,” Cole said. “They can come in and interview and get food once a month.”

Eligible families can pick up their food Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“We need donations constantly,” he said. “The food bank in Mobile helps immensely, but when the local community steps up, we get a better mix.”

Cole reminded the community that shoppers at the Christian Service Center are vital to the food program, and any donations of clothing and furniture is welcomed.