It is refreshing to see several local churches stepping up to make sure that the Banks-Jackson Emergency Food Bank remains open, following the food bank’s board of directors’ decision to cease operations July 1. Even with a handful of churches combining in a united mission, the perpetual operation of the food bank will require commitment from a lot of people in terms of both labor and monetary support.
Good churches are mission oriented, and they recognize the food bank as a vehicle to do God’s work to meet the basic emergency needs of less fortunate members of the community. In the best of times, circumstances arise in which families find themselves temporarily unable to provide the basic need of food, and the Banks-Jackson Food Bank has been a resource to help those folks until a more permanent solution can be found. The need is amplified by the recession and its lingering effects.