One of God’s Portion’s partner ministries, the Free Hot Soup program operating out of Gather Church’s Eat Free Cafe in Centralia, use fresh produce which volunteers turn into delicious, healthy soup served with fresh bread. All of the food and ingredients is procured from the God’s Portion warehouse.
Free hot soup is a project started by volunteers in Lewis County, originating with a teacher from Adna that handed out a pot of soup in October 2015 at Borst Park several years ago. The program grew and evolved into a Facebook group that got together volunteers to serve hot soup, bread, and later casseroles at the Centralia Train Station twice a week.
“About a year and a half ago, we approached the people at Gather Church and started serving there in October 2016 because they have a café on Main Street they’ve been operating, which we now serve out of,” one of the volunteers, Tom, explains. The number of people who dine with them range from 50-100 depending on the time of the month and the weather.
“We hope to attract more volunteers, including a coordinator,” Tom says. “We need someone who can be there Sunday evenings from 2-7 to prep food, and with that person in place I think we can attract additional volunteers to support that event.”
“These folks are at a place in their lives where they often need a roof over their head, and are looking for work,” Tom continues. “I think we’re here to make the world a better place, and I enjoy helping others,” he finishes.
Tom recommends anyone interested in getting involved should come to Gather Church’s Café on Wednesday evenings between 5-7 to observe, help out with a dinner, or learn about other ways to get involved. The Café is located in The Atrium at 408 W. Main St, Centralia. For additional information, please see Free Hot Soup’s Facebook group.
When food banks have taken all they need from the God’s Portion warehouse in Centralia, Richard Graves — better known online as The Chip Guy — and a group of volunteers open the warehouse to the public.
The God’s Portion warehouse, located in Centralia, acts as a “food bank for food banks,” Graves said. Companies such as Franz Bakery, Kettle Chips, Green Mountain Coffee and Pepsi donate food and beverages to God’s Portion to be distributed to area food banks each week. However, the companies often donate more than the food banks can accept, whether it’s a matter of having too much of a specific item — such as chips or soda — or taking in too much produce that could in turn go to waste.
Water of Life, United Family Church of God
Water of Life is an independent church not affiliated with any denominations. Donlee notes the church is highly aware of their connection to the greater church community as a whole, and committed to bridging the gap between denominations in the body. The congregation’s desire for fellowship and connection made a relationship with God’s Portion a natural next step.
“We’ve been partnered with God’s Portion since 2012,” Donlee explains. One of the elders in our church approached our congregation and told us about this organization,” he continues, explaining how they discovered God’s Portion. “We sent some people to find out what it was all about, and we’ve been blessed to be working with them ever since.”
“We’re in a small community in East Gray’s Harbor County, in the city of Oakville,” Donlee says. “Our mission field in Oakville is to spread the gospel, but there’s a looming cloud over the town in the form of drugs and alcohol, and the lack of having a relationship with our Heavenly Father. We’ve been able to reach into the community with our Sunday morning breakfast ministry and also with our food bank,” he continues.
Donlee notes the ministry got started as a response to a lack of resources in their area: there was only one food bank in Oakville, and it was only open one day a month. God’s Portion has allowed Donlee and his fellow church members to open a food bank one day every week, and they have partnered with several other ministries to provide food in Chehalis and Elma, as well as the Oakville community.
“We went into this ministry with the understanding that we wanted to help people, not enable them,” Donlee says. “We have seen an incredible impact in the community with the help we receive from God’s Portion to further the Kingdom of God.”
Water of Life provides both perishable and nonperishable goods, with God’s Portion providing all the fresh produce.
“Normally at a food bank you see canned goods, and you just don’t see a lot of fruits and vegetables,” Donlee explains. “It’s an opportunity to educate people how to eat healthier and a lot of people in our community have really learned a lot about cooking fresh and natural food, and it’s just wonderful to see their eyes opened up to a better way of living,” he says.
Donlee isn’t sure what the future holds or exactly what form their ministry will take in the coming months and years, because their organization is small and has only a few people carrying the burden of running their programs. Nevertheless, Donlee has faith that the work of feeding the community will continue. “God provides,” he says. “Every week, there’s enough and we’re able to give back financially to God’s Portion and other ministries,” he finishes. “We have been so blessed by this organization, and we pray to be able to continue to bring that blessing forward to hungry families throughout our region.”
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Christmas and the holiday season is approaching, and there’s so much for which many of us can be thankful: food, shelter, friends, family and faith. We have a growing number of neighbors among us who don’t have all of these blessings: the US Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report last week showing Washington’s homeless population has increased 7.3 percent this year, now totaling tens of thousands. In addition to the homeless, growing numbers of families, even those with housing, are struggling with lack of food. Will you support God’s Portion in our ministry to provide food to organizations that serve those in need?
By working together, we can help churches, ministries and nonprofits meet the need in our community. God’s Portion volunteers are the heroes behind the heroes, operating a network that provides fresh produce, whole grain bread, meat, fruit, potatoes, snacks and beverages to dozens of organizations feeding the hungry in cities from Tacoma to Kelso and everywhere in between. We provide food to multiple food banks, Cascadia Cares, Set Free, Abundance Food Pantry, Water of Life, the Slavic Christian Center of Tacoma and many other organizations actively engaged in distributing meals and food to those who need it.
We can’t do this without your help. This time of the year, no child should be hungry, and no family should be without the witness provided by the faithful ministry of the church.
Your gift of $5, $10 or $50 will make a huge difference to God’s Portion. Your donation of just $5 will provide 8 lbs of healthy food to a family in need. Your donation of $10 will allow us to purchase enough fuel to get a truck from our fleet 30 miles down the road and closer to home with nutritious food on board. And your donation of $50 will help us invest in a new compressor for our freezer, enabling us to distribute protein and perishable foods with even more efficiency, feeding more hungry families.
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Red Kettles. They come out every year during the Christmas Season and are a very important part of Christmas. For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has been setting out stands in front of shops and stores across America. The donations collected provide dinners, clothing, and toys for our neighbors in desperate need. For many of our neighbors, it’s still a struggle to pay the bills. To meet the rent. To feed their children.
This year, God’s Portion has decided to partner with The Salvation Army in order to bring hope to those in need. We need volunteers to serve as bellringers at our Wal Mart red kettle locations. The more volunteers we have means more money goes to doing good in our community. Funds raised during this campaign are used to provide assistance during the holidays but also throughout the rest of the year. 87.4% of dollars collected go directly to client services!
If you’d like to help be a bell ringer or would like to volunteer in some other way to help the needy in our community, please contact us. Maybe you don’t have time but still want to be a blessing to the hungry around you. Your cash donation can do that.
he Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has long understood the importance of being proactive in meeting the needs of its community. The Muckleshoot Charity Fund has placed high priority in awarding grants to organizations throughout the region that address the unique local and regional issues facing the population. On December 4th, 2015 God’s Portion became a grant recipient.
We were thoroughly excited and blessed to receive such an honor by one of our local tribes. With their help, God’s Portion will be able to provide much needed assistance to thousands of families this Christmas season.
There are hundreds of families in our community that need some or even most of their food provided for them. You can be a part of blessing those food deprived people and helping them to experience the real meaning of Christmas.
Every November, thousands of families around the country gather together for a time of Thanksgiving. They turn on their stoves (and deep fryers), cook a turkey or two with all the fixins, and set the table for a day of food, family and fun. But that’s not the case for everyone. Many Americans, one in seven, they struggle to put food on the table on a daily basis, let alone celebrating the holiday.
Here in Thurston County, it’s no different. Thousands of hungry men, women and children won’t be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal because they are too poor or unable to buy all the food many of us take for granted.
God’s Portion Food Bank, located in Yelm, Washington worked tirelessly this Thanksgiving season to provide disadvantaged families with the food they need to feed themselves and their children during this special time. God’s Portion gave away over 200 turkeys, along with all the trimmings, so that needy families in Yelm, Olympia and all around the Puget Sound region can experience a season of thanksgiving.
On Thanksgiving day God’s Portion, along with Jim Bob’s, a down home restaurant in McKenna, were able to feed several dozen families on Thanksgiving day. What a beautiful expression of God’s love.
Thanksgiving may be over until next year but it’s not too late to help.
While many people donate canned goods and packaged products throughout the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas time gives people more opportunities to feed the hungry in their communities.
A great way to help those in need during Thanksgiving, Christmas and beyond is to donate money and food. Volunteering during this season may seem like a great way to give back, but sometimes the effort it takes for God’s Portion to train volunteers takes away from other resources.
If you feel like you really need to volunteer, call God’s Portion to see how you can help but, in the meantime, donating cash is always a great way to help families in need.
It would be wonderful if there wasn’t a single hungry person on this planet but Jesus said, “The poor will be with you always.” God’s Portion knows, all too well, that there are many people in the surrounding communities that need their help. You can get the word out. By telling people about the work going on at God’s Portion, they will be able to help thousands more get the food they need to stay healthy.
If the best way for you to give is to volunteer your time, then God’s Portion gladly welcomes you. This local food bank offers several opportunities to help provide meals during Thanksgiving and beyond.
Recently, God’s Portion, a food bank located in Yelm, WA, had the privilege of helping the Providence Sunshine House by supplying their guests with food. By providing groceries for the residents, God’s Portion was able to relieve some of the stress for guests who have loved ones in the nearby hospital.
The Sunshine House provides comfortable and affordable lodging for patients and their family members who use health care services in the Olympia area. The facility features 24 private, beautifully furnished guest rooms, each equipped with a bathroom, telephone, alarm clock and television. The house also includes three kitchens, three central gathering areas and laundry facilities.
God’s Portion regularly provides over 1.2 million pounds of food for people in need and for organizations that help others. With your help, God’s Portion can reach more people and help eliminate global hunger, one person at a time.
Standing outside the warehouse for God’s Portion, in Yelm Washington, I see crates of vegetables, Forklifts moving back and forth in the parking lot, people milling around with boxes and general bustle of the day. It’s Saturday morning and Scott May is smiling, coffee cup in hand, welcoming and organizing the activities to get food out to feed people who need it. Today, the general Western Washington region served stretches north and south from Kent to Centralia and east west from Spanaway to Olympia. Read More →