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Homosassa Church Expands Food Pantry

posted on August 10, 2012, under Church by

by Bob Halstead

Homosassa Church members and friends celebrated the new food bank facility that was dedicated on June 23. (Photo: Sue Halstead)

During the past three years, the Homosassa, Fla., Church Food Pantry has served more than 700 families out of a storage shed until the building size and condition limited its usefulness.

Under the leadership of Don Gesell, chair of the church’s building committee, an aggressive campaign was launched to obtain a new structure. Gesell located a building that met the pantry’s needs while, at the same time, a church member’s son-in-law made a sizeable donation.

Once the building was in place, a local contractor donated a heating/air conditioning system, and members added shelving and other finishing touches. In a ceremony attended by members and friends, Pastor Dale Wolfe dedicated the new building with anointing and prayer. “The Holy Spirit certainly guided this effort, and it is a blessing to our church,” says Wolfe.

The original food pantry was an idea that grew out of a discussion by the men’s group on how to reach the local community. On any given Tuesday, 12-16 members staff the pantry and serve local people. “We love our community,” says Gesell, “but it sure will be a lot easier serving them from our new building.”

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