At Johnson City's Good Samaritan Ministries, the food pantry shelves are fairly well stocked but, there's still a giant need.
Community and Church Relations Director Carla Dunn tells us one need is for monetary donations. "It is an urgent need," she said. "One need is our Alan Feinstein grant; that grant is through April 30 and the gentleman has a million-dollar match. We are one of the organizations that has been blessed with the opportunity to raise funds he matches dollar-for-dollar or canned item-for-item."
Another need taking a bite out of their budget is food donations, especially for Good Samaritan's summer food program. "We get referrals and lists from the school system of children that have reduced or free lunches," Dunn said. "When school's out they don't have those lunches, so we assist them with that."
They assist them by providing those children and their immediate families with 100 pounds of food per month from June through August. "Without the community's support, without them providing us with canned food, without finances we're not able to provide, and to touch and bless those lives," Dunn said.
Answering a call for help is always a blessing for Good Samaritan and its staff. "This is definitely a calling and a ministry that I'm proud to be a part of," Dunn said.