Under the leadership and supervision of Don and Kristi Kolehmainen and Michael Koontz, Feed the Need, the food ministry of South Shores Church San Juan, distributes food donated by local grocers to approximately 100 needy families every Sunday morning. God has blessed this community outreach in so many ways. The number of guests that benefit from receiving food during these difficult times is the obvious one, however, a number of church volunteers have greatly benefitted resulting in immeasurable spiritual growth and maturity. Two of our church members, John Michael Riley and Salvador Gomez, have established an adult Spanish speaking and singing ministry, available to our guests as they wait for the food distribution to begin. Our volunteers have, through God’s blessings, maintained a loving, caring and non-judgmental environment, so our guests can see for themselves the hope and love in Jesus Christ.
Our Feed the Need, Christ-centered community outreach, is dedicated to meeting the needs of low income and disadvantaged individuals in our community. Feed the Need Ministry exists to serve God, our community, and our church through the distribution of food to families in need, while demonstrating Christian love and respect and providing opportunities for others to know Christ.
Our vision is to reach out beyond our walls and local community to be able to help those that feel as though there is no hope and nowhere to turn. We strive to allow people to see and feel the loving arms of Jesus reaching out to them, through the congregation of South Shores Church San Juan.
What do you love about Feed the Need?
Virginia Brady Benefiel: Feed the Need is a blessing to the people who come to get a supply of nutritious meat, vegetables, and fruit. It is also a blessing for those of us who help set out the food and distribute it. In addition to the food, there are flowers for everyone. This nurtures not only the body, but also the spirit. New friendships have been forged over time. People regularly pray for each other and bring praise reports so we can see how God is working through this ministry. Feed the Need is a practical, hands-on way to participate in God’s work here in our own community.
Salvador Gomez: I love serving the Lord, and loving my neighbor. I've been serving in Feed the Need since it began here at our church, in 2009.
Patrick Scott: I love helping to provide for those in our community who are in need. I love doing God's work and seeing the gratitude on the faces of the people who come for food.
Karen Hunter: Fulfillment, fellowship and love.
Martha Grandados: Coming from a very poor country, knowing the level of poverty people can really reach down in Mexico, it's wonderful to see how such a program can benefit our community in two ways. First, it helps people in need and second it gives me a way to help.
Kristy Kolehmainen: Each Sunday we look forward to being able to help with the food ministry. We have enjoyed getting to know our “guests” who come regularly. The blessing that we receive from them is greater than anything we give to them.