Two churches in Stockton are cooperating to take care of families that need a little extra oomph when it comes to putting their next meal on the table. Adding, that this is a need that consistently expands.
A large amount of food was taken over to Stockton Tuesday and soon every last morsel of it will get to the food storage pantries and afterward into the hands and mouths to those who need it the most.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is working with the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton to assist with taking care of those who’re in need, on hard times, and just out of luck.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re LDS, doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic, doesn’t matter if you’re nondenominational,” Diocese of Stockton Communications Director Erin Haight said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re atheist. We’re all hungry. We’re all going through tough times right now. We’re seeing inflation. We’re seeing pain at the pump.”
I couldn’t agree more, but what does the Bible have to say about feeding others? Well, if we look over at Matthew 25:34-40 we’ll find that it says that when we feed the hungry, the very act is as though we’ve fed Jesus when he was hungry. The same goes for other acts of kindness such as giving water when thirsty, as seen in the passage below:
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“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me into your home. I needed clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’”
“Then the people who have God’s approval will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and take you into our homes or see you in need of clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “The king will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me.’”
A semi-truck then delivered many beds of food Tuesday evening at the LDS priest’s storage facility in Stockton. Volunteers from both churches will help to organize and distribute the food Wednesday.
Erin Haight says that between these two churches is an illustration of various organizations cooperating to help everyone in the community. She believes that individuals should realize that there’s no disgrace or you don’t have to feel embarrassed or ashamed if you need help when you fall on hard times. It’s happened to us all.
“We open our doors and it doesn’t matter, we’re here to help,” she said. “No one goes hungry, not on our watch.”
In addition to this great news, there are more plans in progress to get even more food to the storage spaces in the Modesto region sooner rather than later.