I participated yesterday in my first summer food program through the Elmore County Child Nutrition Program. In our county they are providing food for the summer for any child 18 and under. It’s enough food to allow for 7 days of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. It’s an amazing program they’ve been offering since Covid-19 hit, and it’s been a huge blessing to the residents with children here in our region.
As this is my first summer here, I had only heard stories of what it would be like. I was shocked to see a well-oiled machine…three stations, each set up with their own volunteers, welcoming us as we pulled up, letting us know when they’d put their portion in and guiding us to the next station. As we rolled up to each station, I couldn’t help but be shocked at what I saw them putting in my trunk.
Fresh local produce, meat, cereal, milk, cheese, crackers, pasta—these were items with which you could build meals. It seems as if it’s an opportunity to not only feed the children of Elmore County, but also bring families together during mealtimes. This was an outpouring of love from a community onto its members. Many communities are doing things like this, but just as many are not.
The willingness and love given to these local families reminds me of a verse. John 15:12 says, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”
This act of love helps those around us. No, they’re not necessarily giving out of their own pockets. However, they are giving so much time and energy and support into making sure that each child in this area has an opportunity to be fed and cared for through this outreach. There are, I’m sure, countless hours being given to ensure a successful program.
I encourage each of you to look around at what’s going on in your community. If there’s a way to support the people around and show them some love, the way Jesus showed His love to us, get busy doing it! Be a part of the programs in your community, as well! The volunteers that dedicate their time love to see that people are taking part in the activities. It shows just as much love to them as love to you!
Thank you, Elmore County Child Nutrition Program, for your dedication to our children. It’s not unnoticed! Does your community have something like this? Share in the comments how your community is being loved on.