The Aspects of a MISSIONAL Food Pantry


Our FHL Drive-Thru Missional Food Pantry starts with devotions.  After the spiritual, then the physical demonstration of God’s love.  Every Saturday from 10 am to 11:30 am; one household per month is given boxes of food, one with fresh and the other nonperishable.

Households Served And Prayed For

The Drive-Thru pantry service continues with serving 35+ vehicles with 57 households.  As part of the missional outreach to each household, on a given Saturday there is an average of 17 salvations and 1 rededication.  Added on to the cars who receive food through the Drive-Thru, are those expanded volunteers’ outreaches ending with a total of 100 households provided.

How Our Outreaches End

At the end of each Saturday’s Drive-Thru missional food pantry, we offer the volunteers boxes of food to deliver on their way home to families in need and to offer prayers for the recipients as well.  One of the very first ever volunteers of Faith, Hope and Love community delivered food to a family in a trailer park west of Indy. She received this beautiful note from the family!




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What a Drive-Thru MISSIONAL Food Pantry Provides

What does a Drive-Thru MISSIONAL Food Pantry Provide?

MILK – 1 gallon
CHICKEN NUGGETS – 11 lbs (frozen)
PULLED PORK – 5 lbs. (frozen)
BACON – 4 lbs.
POTATOES – 5 lbs. bag
ONIONS – 5 lbs. bag
AMERICAN CHEESE – 3 lbs. pack, individually wrapped slices
ORANGES – 4 lbs. bag

And READ the conversations about the offered prayer….

Watch as over $200 worth of refrigerated pre packed food (50 lbs) arrives during the latest tour of the FHL Drive-Thru Missional Food Pantry.  In addition, there were big white emergency boxes for each household.  If you or your church would like to know more why many food pantries are switching to Missional Food Pantries, email us at info@fhlinternational.org .

The FHL Drive Thru Missional Food Pantry is located at 6706 E 82nd St.,Indianapolis, IN. 46250 (Castleton Area).

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FHL Giving Tuesday Now – May 5, 2020

We are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, to bring about greater awareness of food insecurity and get more involvement in our services through donations and volunteer support. FHL has participated in #GivingTuesday in the past years with success. Merlin Gonzales, President/CEO of FHL, “is very glad to be involved with the #GivingTuesdayNow program. Our aim is to generate more awareness and support for FHL and other similar organizations. The COVID-19 pandemic posed some challenges, but we are moving forward in spite of it anyway. The drive thru pantry is one way that exemplifies this forward momentum.” “As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.” Those interested in Faith Hope Love Community’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit our website.  For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the Giving Tuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter


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FHL MFP Drive Thru Grand Opening – May 9, 2020


Come one, Come all…

Tomorrow, Friday, May 1st is the Pre-Grand opening starting at noon…

Lunch will be on FHL…Celebrate with us tomorrow for the pre-Grand Opening of the FHL MFP Drive-thru missional food pantry as we give BBQ Family meal packs good for 4 individuals with bread, drinks, chips, tortillas, and dessert.

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Friday’s FHL Livestream WrapUp for April 16,2020

Small Church Needs in COVID19

Stay home… Stay connected… Yesterday, we spoke about the plight of small urban churches. An associate pastor of a small urban Latino church shares the challenges of his church and his congregation. What if you could help someone?

My Father’s Table MFP at Cross Church Update

Find out what it feels like serving at a food pantry during COVID19. Kim, the Missional Food Pantry Director at Cross Church, shares what happened last Thursday night.

What’s it like in Serbia during a Pandemic?

Luka Obradovic, shares the environment and the state of his small town called Niš in Serbia. He  alsos share about the food insecurity in his town and how they are coping with this issue.

Joint Christian Response with Jim Cotterill

Before cofounding UNITE INDY, Jim and Nancy Cotterill also coauthored the book “World-Changing Generosity”

During the prior decade, Jim served as president of National Christian Foundation Indiana, where he strived to spread the message of biblical generosity. Under his leadership, NCF Indiana granted more than $155 million to churches, ministries and other charities serving God, people and causes from Indiana to India.

Prior to his not-for-profit career, Jim spent more than 22 years in the publishing business, where he was involved in starting and growing weekly business newspapers and monthly business and city magazines in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio.

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Meet Our Table Talk #55 Guest Speakers

Before the FHL Table Talk #55 was aired on Thursday, at 11am, Merlin interviewed each of the guest speakers separately.  Below are their interviews.

Indianapolis Joint Leaders’ member, Larry Smith is the Founder & President of Leading Edge Advisory Firm (LEAF LLC), a consultancy that he founded in 2009. Larry is the former Managing Director of Indiana University’s Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. The Tobias Leadership Center seeks to transform the practice and theory of leadership across sectors.

Milele Kennedy is the Food Policy and Program Coordinator for the City of Indianapolis. Coming from Indy Parks as the USDA Food Programs Grant Manager, her primary role was a state and federal food program management and creating partnerships with organizations to feed hungry youth in Marion County. Previously employed by the Department of Defense.

Meet one of the Speakers for the 55th Table Talk, Inspire Your Generation. Unai Andres is a GIS and data analyst at the Polis Center and SAVI, where he focuses on data analysis and data literacy education. His expertise is in mixed methods research, GIS software, and food access. Unai previously worked for the Muncie Food Hub Partnership.

Finally, on Thursday, April 9th, everyone was gathered online using our new streaming platform for FHL Table Talk #55.  Enjoy.

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