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Two churches now offer Dare To Care

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By Michael Waits

The recent ice storm was a good indication that the harsh months of winter have undoubtedly arrived, but the freezing temperatures and loss of electricity is not all that is to blame for a difficult start to the New Year. The tight economy has put a lot of people struggling just to keep food on the table.

This problem is one of many that have encouraged members of the community to find a solution that can help meet some of the most basic needs in Spencer County with the help of Dare To Care.

Dare To Care, a free food program offered to families in need of a short supply of food, is offered monthly in two locations in Spencer County. Grace Chapel of God of Prophecy hosts the program on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., and First Baptist Church hosts the program on the last Thursday of each month from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Members from both churches agreed that this is not a service intended for public recognition; rather, it is a way both organizations can assist the community.

“There is a great need in the county for this,” said Bob Gilbert, member of First Baptist Church. “It’s a good way for the church to reach out and minister to our community.”

Joyce Hood, a member of Grace Chapel, said, “This is something we feel we can do as a service for those who are in need.”

Once per month families living in Spencer County can go to either of these locations and receive a supply of food free of charge. Each family will receive a minimum of 25 pounds of food while supplies last. A typical food bundle consists of a meat product and canned vegetables, and may – at times – include potatoes, bread or drinks.

“We should have enough supplies next month to give food to about 60 families,” said Gilbert of the first come, first serve program.

Last month, Grace Chapel and First Baptist served a combined total of 120 family food bundles – equalling more than 3,000 pounds of food.

“Any family residing in Spencer County is eligible for this program,” said Hood. “There are no qualifying factors involved.”

“No questions asked is our policy,” Gilbert said. “If they come, we give them food.”

The one-time registration consists of providing two forms of identification, name, address, number of people living in the household, and their ages. Once registered, a representative of each family will be given a numbered call ticket and will receive the care package when their number is called.

The Dare To Care food bank is warehoused in Louisville and relies on grants and donations from businesses, organizations and individuals to maintain their stock supplies.

“We couldn’t do this without the community’s support,” said Stan Siegwald, director of development for Dare To Care’s food bank.

Food shelters, emergency kitchens, churches and other non-profit organizations pay a monthly stocking fee and receive various food items and other products for their monthly distributions.

“We have supplied more than 12 million pounds of food in the past 12 months and over 3 million of that has been fresh produce,” said Siegwald.

At the end of the year, Yum! Brands will reimburse the non-profit agency, allowing for the continuation of the food program in the county.

Families who would like to take advantage of this offer are encouraged to attend either of the Dare To Care food bank operations in Taylorsville.

For more information, call Grace Chapel of God of Prophecy at 477-8973, or First Baptist Church at 477-8197.