Letter to the Editor: Support the local food bank


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Is it possible that more than 80,000 people will miss one million pounds of food this year in the Rocky Mount-Battleboro-Nash County area where A Touch of the Father’s Love currently calls home?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!”

The Battleboro and surrounding areas are seated in the middle of a food desert. It is here, that a miraculous outreach was born. The substantial generosity of a local family in granting the use of a building over several years has allowed the food pantry to flourish. A Touch of the Father’s Love has earned the designation of becoming the largest food pantry east of Raleigh.

The nonprofit now has new opportunities to increase the food available for distribution. The pantry mainly serves individuals and families in Nash County, but has also touched nearby Edgecombe and Halifax Counties as word of the ministry has spread. More than 500 veterans in Wilson County have also received food from the pantry. With growth comes growing pains. The challenge today is simply space and funds for a new location. There is no room to grow, and possession of the building is being returned to the owners at the end of March.

Stepping out on faith, this urgent appeal is to the one thousand people that will allow God to work through them. The heart of the “A Thousand for a Million Campaign” attempts to identify a thousand compassionate people willing to make a $300 tax deductible contribution. So what is significant about the number 1,000? Biblically, it is a number that signifies fullness of quantity or represents an extended period of time. Reaching our campaign goal will allow a Touch of the Father’s Love Food Pantry and Ministry to find a permanent home and continue to move a million pounds, or more, of food annually for many years to come. What will happen if the community loses this resource?

We are asking businesses, churches, civic groups or individuals to consider giving generously to this cause. This is your community and the people of it need your help.

Please give as your heart leads you to do. A donation of any size is appreciated and helps fight hunger for the thousands of food insecure people living in, or near, this food desert. This work cannot continue without your support. Learn more about our pantry at https://goo.gl/rVD4n9.

Theresa Peaden

Rocky Mount