Church aims to collect food for the hungry

Vacationers with leftover food no longer need to worry about throwing it away. From June 4 through Sept. 10 at the Bethany Beach Christian Church, unopened packaged foods will be collected and delivered to the Helping Hands Food Bank at the Bethel Tabernacle Church of God.

Volunteers from the churches affiliated with the Southeast Sussex Ministerium will be on hand from every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bethany Beach Christian Church, located at the intersection of Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach.

This new idea was the work of Glenn Chisolm, a member of Bethany Beach Christian Church.

“Everyone is showing real community spirit and thinks it something worth trying,” he said.

The idea came from a friend of his in North Carolina, whose church does the same thing and has been successful at it. They now accept perishables and have a facility to handle those goods.

Chisolm went to the board of Bethany Beach Community Church with his idea and they agreed to support the idea. After that he took the idea to the 14 other churches in the Southeast Sussex Ministerium, who also agreed to support and help staff the collection site.

So far Chisolm’s on way of getting the word out is by going to area realtors and asking them to put a flyer in the packets they put together every week for renters.

After the first week they will re-evaluate the project and what, if anything needs to be done to make it successful.

“I hope to get a lot of food for our food bank,” said Carol Collison, head of the Helping Hands Food Bank. “We serve a lot of people.”