It’s moving for the first time ever this month.
But unlike other moves, there will be no time to rest after its done.
Instead this move brings an expectation of The Potters House serving the largest number of people in need since October through its food distribution program.
Pastor Don Moore has made some appropriate preparations.
“The big rig is coming to town Saturday morning with a load of food relief for Union County,” the Jonesville church pastor said.
That’s right. The Potters House is hosting another Truck Load of Food event. Moore and all the program’s volunteers plan to hand out more than 25,000 pounds of food this Saturday, June 26, at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Union.
The site is different this month.
The church normally does its food distribution events — a part of its food bank mission which began last fall — at its location in Jonesville.
Moore explained earlier this month the main reason he and the church wanted to host their monthly distribution day at a different location, specifically Union, was in an attempt to reach some people who might not have been able to make it to Jonesville for the previous events.
The church is looking at possibly serving between 800-1,000 families at its June food distribution event. That would mean feeding in the neighborhood of 2,000 or more people.
The church has served more than 1,000 families through the food bank and distribution events since they were formed in October, but that’s been over the entire eight months since their inception — Saturday is just one event.
Moore also expects to see the first large wave of people who have exhausted all of their unemployment benefits at this month’s distribution event.
“Without that, they’ve got no choice but to call on a program like this,” the pastor said.
And that’s not even counting the number of families already registered to receive food through the program who also could come out this month.
“I feel sure it’s going to far surpass anything we’ve ever done,” the pastor said about the number of people he expects at this month’s distribution event.
On the food side, this weekend’s distribution day already is the largest The Potters House has done to this point.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Tabernacle parking lot. Moore said he and volunteers plan to begin early this month due to the heat. He encourages everyone who plans to come to prepare for the line.
“Since we will be outside, if you have trouble standing please bring yourself a chair,” the pastor said. “Also, if you have a wagon or cart bring it to carry your boxes. They will be heavy.”
Volunteers will help those who receive food — as much as they can — take boxes to their vehicles, also, but because of the large number of people the church expects on Saturday the pastor encourages everyone who comes to get food to plan accordingly.
Registration for Saturday’s food distribution will close at 11:30 a.m. Anyone needing food should be in line prior to that deadline to register.
Distribution also will begin right away at 9 a.m. that morning with the last boxes expected to go out sometime around noon.
Anyone interested in helping out during Saturday’s food distribution should contact Moore right away. The church also still is accepting food and fund donations to support its food bank and distribution events.
Up to now, the programs have been able to remain financially stable by the generosity through the holidays of several individuals, organizations, churches and business from around Union County and the surrounding areas.
But while donations continue to come in they are slowing down. Moore and the church understand the summer months are busy ones for many but also know there are just as many hungry mouths — or more now — to feed as through the holidays.
“We really need for some people’s hearts to be swelled up,” he said.
Moore is putting his faith in God and the people of Union County to see the program that already has helped so many to continue on.
“We’re going to keep on keeping at it,” Moore said.
As a reminder, anyone who already has registered to receive food through The Potters House food bank or at past distribution events does not need to re-register on Saturday morning.
Also, don’t forget anyone who comes to the Tabernacle Baptist Church parking lot to receive food through Saturday’s event needs to be in line no later than 11:30 a.m.