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 Giving Tuesday Now – May 5, 2020
FHL MFP Drive Thru Grand Opening – May 9, 2020
GRAND OPENING- SATURDAY MAY 9TH 10:30 to noon.
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.
THE MISSIONAL DRIVE THRU PANTRY WILL ONLY BE OPEN FROM 10AM to 12NOON AFTER THE GRAND OPENING
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.
Kindness Day: IUPUI Volunteers Help FHL Warehouse Clean Up
FHL had another Kindness Day recently – a day to just be kind with others. This latest outreach was held on September 10th, 2016. Two groups of volunteers from IUPUI assisted FHL at two locations, one group met to organize and clean the FHL warehouse and the other group assisted in a Neighborhood clean up at the Butler-Tarkington area.
FHL October 2016 Fundraiser: Shorten The Line
Please Save the Date!
Monthly Schedule: Missional Food Pantry & Training Center
FHL Missional Food Pantry & Training Center
When: September 8, 2016 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Martin Luther King Community Center, 40 W 40th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
Monthly Missional Food Pantry & Training Classes will be held in the lower level of the Martin Luther King Community Center, 40 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208. The Food Pantry is open to the public from 1:30pm to 3:00pm monthly on the 2nd Thursday.
Purpose: Training of food pantries volunteers and staff to show how to serve with missional hearts.
To volunteer: and for more information contact Merlin Gonzales at (317) 572-5793
Missions Are Not A One Time Event But Everyday
“I can’t wait for next year!“, exclaimed one of the FHL Week volunteers.
I remember in the end of summer 2006 (10 years ago), several people told me that they had such a great experience during FHL Week, they couldn’t wait for the following year. These conversations stuck in my mind!
One day the Lord put it on my heart to provide food for those in need. Soon, I found myself organizing mobile food pantries at parking lots, schools, churches and other community organizations. After a few years, this outreach evolved to become the main focus of FHL – it was birthed out of the mission week.
History repeats itself. After the 2016 FHL Week, many volunteers are taking initiatives to serve continuously. For example, the same soup kitchen clients who cooked for the volunteers at 25th St. Baptist are now planning to do the same in September at Barnes UMC. On Thursday, August 25, several people are coming together at Northwood Christian Church located at 4550 N. College Ave. at 4pm to share stories that happened during last month’s mission week.
Yesterday, a volunteer and I stopped by a local breakfast restaurant after picking up more than $1,400 worth of produce. As we were about to eat, it seemed like God said to give fruits to the customers. In obedience, I handed fruits to a woman waiting for her food. I asked her if she has any prayer request. She shared with me that she needs wisdom for the next stage of her life. After giving produce to three more customers, we handed some to the employees and prayed for one of them. This employee has been anxious about their safety in the neighborhood. We prayed for their protections and that God would change the hearts of the people.
The story above is an example that God provides us opportunities to serve our neighborhoods. I think God is saying to us just to keep our eyes and hearts open and just “do it!”
Outreach is not just something to check on your “To Do List”. It’s not something you have to do but something that you do out of love and compassion to others. What does it mean to you to love others without restrictions or any preconceived plan to change them…just to bring the absolute love of God? – not loving with a purpose but loving unconditionally.
Missions are not something that you schedule for a week (although that’s needed) and then go back to “regular programming”; its something that becomes a part of your regular mode of living. So if “you can’t wait for next year“, you can start right now right where you are because missions is not an event, it’s a lifestyle.
FHL Warehouse Demonstrates Growth Potential
Our goal is to put a warehouse schedule together. God provided regular volunteers that collaborated together this past week to help FHL as it grows towards greater distribution of food to those in need. We are currently distributing to eight pantry and soup kitchens. Eight means new beginnings!
New FHL Food Pantry Training Center Opens
This past Thursday, the 11th, at 12:30pm was another milestone for FHL!
To supplement the current Food Pantry Training Program, we added an actual food pantry for experiential training. The public was invited to the Ribbon Cutting for the FHL Training Pantry.
We were so excited to launch this one-of-a-kind Training Pantry. The pantry will be open to serve the public every 2nd Thursday of the month (1pm-1:30pm for the seniors, then 1:30pm-3pm for the public) and the pantry trainees will be involved in serving them as a part of their training.
Opening of the new Community Training Food Pantry here at MLK Center and Prayer Warrior Team. (8.11.16)
Posted by Min Lydia Hislovekeptme Davis on Thursday, August 11, 2016
Through your prayers and continued support, FHL is paving the way to redefine the deeper role of a food pantry in our community. We were glad to see many of you this past Thursday to help us witness a new thing; “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19
In addition to all of the storage units for our food pantry training center, a prayer team for training was created as well. Officially, we became Faith Hope and Love’s new food pantry training center with a prayer team. We had a preparation party and prayer launching. Prayer warriors and volunteers are now ready to go!
Ribbon cutting ceremony for food pantry at MLK Center
Posted by Ke’tre Dickens on Thursday, August 11, 2016