Food ministry plans weekend feeding event for community
by Daniel Gaddy
Feb 13, 2012 | 1171 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A local group setting up a food pantry for the Carbon Hill area will host an event Saturday to introduce the ministry to the community and give groceries to those in need.

The gathering will be held at Elegant Events in Carbon Hill from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Organizer Mary Shelnutt said that though volunteers will be handing out non-perishable food to anyone in need during the feeding event, it will also include a meal cooked on site. Anyone in the community is welcome, she said.

Shelnutt, a pastor at Ground Zero Ministries in Phil Campbell, was approached by Carbon Hill resident Martha Warren and Donald Bobbitt, minister of New Hope Baptist in Carbon Hill, to help establish the Carbon Hill food pantry, which they call Feed My Sheep.

Shelnutt said she worked with food ministries in and around Phil Campbell for nearly 10 years.

“That's what we specialize in, bringing food to communities,” she said.

Shelnutt and Bobbitt addressed the Carbon Hill City Council in January to introduce Feed My Sheep to the community.

Shelnutt said they have received tremendous support from city leaders, particularly Mayor Chris Hart.

Hart said Feed My Sheep volunteers are working to provide a great service to Carbon Hill, and he will do anything he can to help the group.

“Anytime we can get people in the community working together it’s a good thing,” he said.

Though the project will primarily serve as a food pantry, the organizers also hope to expand the program to offer clothing.

Feed My Sheep organizers are accepting donations, volunteers and looking for a building to house their outreach program.

For more information about Feed My Sheep, call 205-546-0572. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 72 Phil Campbell, AL 35581.