At the beginning of Feed Lake Highlands as we were gathering a lot of information from other nonprofits in the area about all that it takes to run a successful ministry, and as we were doing our research, we heard a saying that has stuck with us - Hunger is a community problem that requires a community solution.
We are so thankful for our community partners and the work that we are able to do together in Lake Highlands. We are also so in awe of how the community of Lake Highlands answers the call to serve their neighbors. It is truly a community that comes around those who are struggling and those in need.
Throughout the past three months we have seen groups that many would discount serve with such kindness and thoughtfulness, and the best part was that they were children and youth in the community.
As someone who developed a passion for serving people at a young age, I cannot tell you how proud I am that the groups I was involved in did not solely emphasize service for credit. Service for the benefit of others, sacrificial service, was the best way to get out of my comfort zone and make the world around me a better place, and I pray that we continue to do that at Feed Lake Highlands - give students of all ages a place to love their community and to serve the neighbors they may have never met.
In October, Moss Haven's Beta Club collected food items for our Snack Bags at our annual Fresh Food Day Festival. They also helped us serve the community throughout the 3 hour event. Students gave of their time and their enthusiastic hearts helping with games, the painting with vegetables station and distribution of the snack bags.
During the fall holiday seasons, Merriman Park's Beta Club collected canned foods and brought them to New Room Community Center to be given to the Food Distribution Program Members. Also in October and December, a multi-aged Girl Scout troop and Brownie Troop 8226 learned about Feed Lake Highlands and they helped us stock the pantry. We were able to use the donation during Food Distribution to add variety to the selection of food that we offer.
In December, Boy Scout Troop 890 kicked off our Christmas Season by hosting their annual Christmas Party at The New Room. They provided games and entertainment for many of our EPIC students and Food Distribution families.
That same day, the Lake Highlands High School National Honor Society got to be Santa’s elves as they passed out gifts given through Annie’s Kids to our EPIC students and their siblings. The NHS students played bingo, baked cookies and made Christmas decorations with the students while their parents collected gifts.
And finally in early February, a class from Oak Hill Academy spent an hour before our doors opened with our Food Distribution Team Members to unload, unbox and organize thousands of pounds of food that we order weekly for our Program Members.
At Feed Lake Highlands, we are thankful that we have students who are eager to learn more, and who continue to push us to come up with more ways to serve the community together. Each organization that we connect with has their own particular passion and idea of how to serve those around them, and it is incredible to have so many organizations working together, but indirectly to serve in such a holistic manner.
We are grateful for all of these students who are spending their time to benefit others, and we are so in awe of the example they set every time they serve.