At Harvest Church in Charlotte, there are baskets of kindness in front of the church every day.
For the past two months, the church has set out buggies curbside at the church for anyone to come pick up food or donate food.
“This is kind of on the honor system. You can give as you feel and take as you need,” said Tom Chidester, pastor at Harvest Church. “We’ve had people come who’ve had nothing in their cabinets and we just tell them you just help yourselves.”
At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Harvest Church members saw the growing need to address food insecurity in Charlotte.
The answer to the problem seemed to be a simple one. Anyone can donate food at the buggies, and anyone can pick up food at the buggies.
“In fact, one lady called who had no food. I said ‘well we have nearly a whole buggy. Won't you come get the whole buggy?’ We believe someone else is going to come and fill it back up,” Chidester said.
The buggies are accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
With children missing school meals, seniors being asked to stay safely in their homes, those in need of food who are quarantined and employees in our community being impacted by reduced work hours, food insecurity is growing every day.
“I just believe according to scripture we’re not blessed just to be blessed,” he said “We’re blessed to be a blessing. That’s just the way we kind of share the gospel.”
Harvest Church was established in 1976 by Chidester’s parents, Ed and Joann Chidester. Tom Chidester is a third-generation minister.
“When people are hungry, we feed them. When they have a need, we should try to fulfill it as best as we can,” he said.
Food donations can be made at the church which is located at 7429 Tuckaseegee Rd.
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