All posts tagged: Food Pantries

FHL Week 2016: Soup Kitchen Clients Thank Volunteers

Merlin spoke with one of the winners of the FHL $50 Challenge at the 25th Street Baptist Church on 525 W. 25th. during FHL Week 2016: a group of clients from a soup kitchen.

The  25th Street Food Ministry serves a group of very appreciative clients with a community soup kitchen (what is called a “reverse soup kitchen”) and they in turn wanted to give back to the volunteers who serve them.  So they put together a meal prepared by a working chef who volunteered his time.


Listen as Merlin interviews the clients of a very special soup kitchen in Indianapolis, 46208

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FHL Week 2016: Opening of New Hope Indianapolis Food Pantry

The residents of Hope Indianapolis at Hawthorne Place Apartments got together and decided to make a change for their community and address the food insecurity some were experiencing.  As a result, Hope Indianapolis Food Pantry opened for the apartment residents during FHL Week 2016 providing hope to those who are in need.  Hawthorne Place had been operating a food pantry for some time with Faith, Hope and Love as a sponsor.


Merlin spoke with some of the potential clients and the women running this new food pantry about what they think this food pantry will mean for their community.

It was an exciting step forward for this community as its members worked together to make it happen and FHL was there to support them.  Merlin also spoke with a volunteer from the original Hawthorne Place food pantry to get her perspective on the changes they have experienced.

FHLFHL Week 2016: Opening of New Hope Indianapolis Food Pantry
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Missional Food Pantry Training: Feed My Sheep

On July 19th, FHL conducted a Missional food pantry training at Northside New Era Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN ·

After the Missional Food Pantry training, the Feed My Sheep Food Pantry was prepared to introduce a Prayer Team the following week as part of their outreach. They will also continue to work on intentional discipleship.

“It’s about loving God and loving others.” – Merlin Gonzales, President FHL Community


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FHL Week 2016: Community Engagement $50 Challenge

The First Winner of the FHL Week 2016
Community Engagement Challenge: “You Matter, Too!”


Our first entry happened July 13. The leader of the feeding ministry of Barnes UMC celebrated her birthday by celebrating every clients’ birthday today, no matter when their birthday may be. She decorated the dining room with balloons and special table cloth. Many volunteers provided delicious food, keepsakes and a large birthday cake for everyone!

For more information about the FHL $50 Challenge or the FHL Week Sponsorship Challenge

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FHL Week 2016 Sponsorship Challenge

Thrivent Financial Associates is really getting into the spirit of FHL Week 2016 and is reaching out to support the Indianapolis community with volunteers, seed money and an advertising plan for an outreach.

If you are a business (or organization) in the Indianapolis area, won’t you consider joining Thrivent Financial and create your own outreach? All it takes is:

  • An action team of volunteers
  • Seed money of $250 for a food pantry or outreach
  • Advertising plan for the outreach

Do It and download the form. Fill it out and mail it to FHL.

Do you already have an active food pantry in 46208?

To celebrate the 12th Annual FHL Week, Faith Hope and Love Community is giving away $50 each to 5 food pantries in the 46208 zip code area and the surrounding neighborhoods as seed money to improve their pantry site, serve the clients better, food drive, etc. you name it! Only 5 will be selected based on the creativeness of the project. Simple fill out the Project Proposal Form. It’s designed to help you to think creatively and specifically about what kind of outreach you will start with $50 of seed money.

Each participant will fill out a form to provide detailed information on your creative pantry project.

The deadline to submit the completed form is July 18th

Email the form to or snail mail/hand-deliver to Merlin at:

MLK Community Center (care of FHL Community)
40 W. 40th St.
Indianapolis, IN., 46208

The key to this fun-filled project is collaboration, partnership and engagement of the community. Please call Merlin at 317-572-5793 for any questions or for any assistance in putting your project together.

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Pantry of Hope at Keenan-Stahl Now Part of the Community

FHL planted the Pantry of Hope in 2010. It is now a part of the community.  Merlin had the privilege to pray for 3 dozen people last Saturday. At the end of the pantry, Merlin received a prayer note from one of the families that we served.  Please join us in praying for the family.

FHLPantry of Hope at Keenan-Stahl Now Part of the Community
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Faith Hope Love Inc. Table Talk: May 12, 2016

The monthly FHL Table Talk was attended by 6 out of the 15 current operating food pantries/soup kitchens in 46208 and surrounding neighborhoods.  We had a great discussion about the need for change to serve our neighborhoods even better.










Contact FHL today so you can participate in the next table talk.


FHLFaith Hope Love Inc. Table Talk: May 12, 2016
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