LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (KT) – Given an unexpected opportunity, First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg was ready to give back.
Pastor Bob Ehr said the church was considering a way to have a socially distanced food drive for the community when a call came asking if they could distribute some boxes of food for the Farmers to Families program sponsored by the USDA.
The overwhelming response was YES!
The pastor organized more than four dozen church members for what they thought would be a two-hour drive-thru food pickup. Cars began coming to the church around 7:30, nearly three hours before the 10 a.m. start time. They handed out 1,200 boxes of fresh food – vegetables, fruits, dairy products and meats – in about an hour.
Cars were lined up for as far as anyone could see, Ehr said.
“We ran out of food very quickly,” he said. “We didn’t know what to expect. The 1,200 boxes seemed a little daunting and we knew we needed to get rid of them quickly (so they couldn’t spoil). We asked people what they needed and some were getting for other folks too, which was fine. But we ran out of boxes after an hour.”
The church had planned to distribute for two hours but found the need to be even greater than they had imagined. Cars were still lined up to try and receive a package when they ran out, he said.
They will get another shot at it on Friday with 800 more boxes to deliver, he said. This time, they are also planning to have prayer teams at the ready to ask those who come if they would like prayer for any reason. Ehr said he doesn’t want to miss a gospel opportunity to speak with those receiving the food.
“We don’t take credit for this,” he said. “We just want to be the hands and feet for Jesus for people in need.”
Ehr said the church had talked about a food drive where they could distribute it safely but hadn’t come up with a good way. That’s when they were asked if they could distribute the government food boxes.
“I think it’s a tremendous help to the community,” he said. “I think people need help. This has been hard on all of us.”
Ehr said those who received the boxes were grateful to have the fresh food. There were so many cars lined up that the police had to come and direct traffic, which they gladly did. Church members also handed out tracts for those who came to get food.
Friday’s distribution has been moved to the Anderson County Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the pastor said.
“We pray that everyone who receives a box needs it and is able to use it,” he said. “We will try to have as many gospel conversations as possible. We want to see to their physical needs but their spiritual ones as well.”