A Church in Ohio is collecting and distributing over 100,000 Thanksgiving meals, with the sole aim of blessing those in need this holiday season.
Crossroads Church in Cincinnati has been collecting the enormous quantity of food every Thanksgiving for over two decades, and they’re hoping that this year’s haul will meet the need of around 115,000 hungry families in the greater Cincinnati area.
The best part of @crdschurch Thanksgiving Food Drive is when all the families start to receive their boxes. 61 of this year’s 9,000 boxes went to Western Hills HS. 61 very deserving @IamCPS families went home today with a complete Thanksgiving meal. Grateful for this team 💛 pic.twitter.com/qbfLuriLjI
— Jenn Sperry (@jesperry) November 20, 2018
The church says the meals will be distributed to other churches, ministries, schools and faith-based communities before being delivered to those in need.
The Thanksgiving Food Drive is about so much more than just fun—it's about blessing members of our community. Terry Phillips had a chance to chat with one of our partners to learn how some of our donations will be distributed.
Posted by Crossroads Church on Sunday, November 18, 2018
In addition, the church will ship some 60,000 pounds of food to its partners in South Africa.
“We believe that helping those in need is a core part of who we are and who God wants us to be,” Crossroads noted on an info page for the annual food drive. “So we do it in a big, big way at Thanksgiving. This year, we’ve ordered thousands of boxes, expectant that God will show up through your unprecedented generosity.”
My first year participating in Crossroads Church Thanksgiving Food Drive. Very generous community and very well run. Lots of love and food to share here in Mason. @crdschurch pic.twitter.com/U9Lf8Hc1n0
— Holly Ooten (@ootenh) November 18, 2018
“Both locally and nationally, in partnership with churches and faith-based ministries, we’ll be providing Thanksgiving meals to over 115,000 people blessing those in our communities,” the statement noted. “We’ll also be sending 60,000 pounds of food to our partners in South Africa.”
Big day for all of us @crdschurch as we collect Thanksgiving meals for 115,000 people! Carla, a part of our Oakley community, takes the bus, and pushed this cart with her food drive items to the drop off. Grateful for all in our church who are on a team that’s changing the world. pic.twitter.com/sldtNDtYNW
— Brian Tome (@BrianTome) November 18, 2018
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2017, some 11.8 percent (15.0 million) of U.S. households were “food insecure” at some point during the year. Tragically, the highest level of food insecurity was seen in households with children. In addition, at a time of year when expenditure skyrockets, making food readily available for needy families is absolutely vital Kingdom work.
— Mike Berry (@berrymi) November 17, 2018
In addition, Crossroads Church holds a massive, city-wide Thanksgiving meal at the Duke Energy Center, to which it invites families who might not have sufficient funds to purchase and organize a meal at this special time of year. With an army of volunteers hosting the event, guests are invited to receive not only a hearty meal but also “free coats, haircuts, vision screenings and flu shots.”
“God says to serve those in need,” Crossroads summarized. “So we do.”