JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local business owner is helping a community church to make their food pantry handicap accessible. Just months ago people confined to wheelchairs were unable to get through the doors of Christian Fellowship Ministries.
The little church tucked away on Evergreen Avenue has about two dozen pews inside. Their congregation is small but they have a huge impact on the surrounding community. On Wednesdays from 10 to noon Pastor Ola Williams goes to work, bagging and serving up groceries to anyone in need.
"We're trying to reach as many people as we possibly can," said Pastor Williams.
Her reach was once limited. People in wheelchairs couldn't get inside. A large green slab stood between many people the assistance they needed at times.
"There's nothing worse than the food being on the other side of the door and I can't get it," said Kenyonne Demps. "You can't ring the door bell, because you can't hop over the stump."
Demps owns A Seasoned Affair, an business consulting company here in Jacksonville. After hearing about this obstacle she stepped-in and awarded the church a grant to help build a wheelchair ramp.
"The pastor was kind enough to bring me my food outside of the door," said Deborah Newkirk. "Now we have a ramp and I can come inside the church! I'm going to start coming to the church!"
Newkirk now freely rolls in and out of Christian Fellowship Ministries. A place she says feeds her needs in more ways than one.
"Oh I am very thankful," said Newkirk. "This lady doesn't know how far she's brought my household."
There are simple steps you can take to help solve the hunger problem in our community. Try taking some time to serve a meal at a local shelter or community kitchen.
If it's within your means sponsor a Second Harvest mobile food pantry. And you can always volunteer at a church or civic association food pantry.