By Ralph Dickerson
Blackford Baptist Church normally hosts a food give away on the last Saturday of the month, but the COVID-19 pandemic swirling across the country, and into Hancock County, changed the church’s plans. The church calls its good give away ‘Monthly Care and Share.’
“We thought that since this stuff’s going on, and I am sure there’s people in need, that we would do it more often,” Blackford Baptist Pastor Duane Morris said. “We just did a drive-thru where they come through up in the church parking lot. We had tables set up there and gave them bags of groceries, canned goods, fruits, granola bars and apples.”
Morris said quite a few cars came through the makeshift drive-thru. He said many cars took two or three bags of groceries because some came to get food not only for themselves, but also for relatives. Morris said the church does not have restrictions on who can get the food.
Not only is the church offering the food give away, it also started to run a backpack ministry for students at South Hancock Elementary. With school closed the church not only prepares the backpacks, but decided to deliver them to the children’s homes as well. Morris said it costs roughly $900 each month to fill the backpacks.
“Getting the groceries is the biggest thing,” Morris said.
Recently, members of the church went shopping to get food for the food give away. Morris said the church spent approximately $1,000 on food for the program.
“Four or five of us guys got together and we split up into two groups,” Morris said. “One group went to Tell City, Ind. and the other group went to Owensboro.”
Morris said several of the places they visited lacked the items needed for the give away. He said these stores lacked spaghetti noodles and sauce. He said the group in Owensboro needed to shop four or five different stores to acquire the needed items.
Purchasing so much food caused some people to think they planned to hoard the food. A person at Wal-Mart in Tell City approached them about buying so much food.
“I said, ‘it’s for our church and we are giving it to the community’ and she was cool with it after that,” Morris said. “I’m sure people were looking at us like, ‘what in the world are you doing.’”