Operation Now Feeding Programs
FEED MY SHEEP
Feed My Sheep, a program planned to supplement "Meals On Wheels", was started in October of 2008. The number of volunteers for this program varies from 10 to 25. Enough food is prepared once a month to serve our clients one meal for Saturday and one for Sunday. These meals are delivered throughout an area of approximately 20 miles. These meals are heat sealed to insure freshness. The real blessing is for the volunteers, who are able to reach out to someone in need.
FEED MY LAMBS
"Feed My Lambs" is a back-pack program dedicated to feeding grade school children who are from low income families. Once a month we pack enough food into a child's backpack to feed that child and any younger siblings not yet in school for the whole weekend. In the the backpacks we put foods such as cereal, soups, spaghetti and sauce, mac and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, bread, fruit, crackers, tuna, beanie weenies, jello, pudding, applesauce, raisins, Kool-aid, and canned vegetables.
We have been blessed to have helped several church groups start a backpack program for several schools in our area.
Our bread ministry started several years ago when we picked up bread from another ministry in Flora, IL when they had extra bread products on their hands. From there it has evolved into a weekly trip to St. Louis, MO. to a bread outlet store. At one point we were picking up around 1,500 to 2,200 items a week; these are distributed to 25 to 30 food banks or distribution centers and many more come directly to Operation Now headquarters to pick up the bread items for themselves.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited me in; I needed clothes and you clothed me; I was sick and you looked after me; I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Volunteers filling backpacks
Bread items ready for pick up
One of the groups of volunteers for
Feed My Sheep
Cooks preparing monthly meals
Working with a local church in Akansas to feed the homeless in that area