Sydney church launches food pantry

The Hurstville church food pantry team.

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Hurstville Seventh-day Adventist Church has partnered with Sydney City Lifestyle and Mission Centre, a not-for-profit charitable organisation, to launch a free pop-up food pantry for people in need.

Church pastor Kerina-Lee Joy said, “[This] is an exciting evangelistic endeavour that harnesses personal engagement ministry strategies to facilitate the sharing of the gospel of Jesus with the communities of the St George Shire of Sydney.

“[The] pop-up food pantry in Hurstville has generated significant community interest, enables a natural witnessing environment and nurtures relationships amongst the community.”

In just a few weeks after its opening, the pantry received more than 100 community registrations. Volunteer church members distribute items including bread, canned vegetables, milk, rice, pasta, muesli bars, noodles, fresh fruit and vegetables. There is an increasing number of people returning each week for food and groceries.

“This is just the beginning of a revolutionary journey for those involved in this unique mission partnership that has the potential to do wonderful things in the mission field of the kingdom of God,” Pastor Joy concluded.

The pantry is open on Thursdays from 11am-3pm. Registrations are encouraged by sending an SMS to 0405 939 558.

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