St. Paul M.B. Church contines to serve the community

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

St. Paul M.B. Church continues with it mission to provide food to those who have been adversely impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We understand that many people are out of work and the federal assistance with unemployment has ended,” Pastor of St. Paul M.B. Church, Eddie Longstreet, said. ‘We have been giving away food since May, provided by the Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance. We hope to be able to continue this ministry.”

Monday morning began with volunteers unloading seven pallets of boxes filled with assorted meats. All of the food was distributed before noon.
“We could always use more volunteers,” Longstreet said. “We had seven pallets today, while usually we have around 12. This is available to anyone. You do not have to be a member of our church, we don’t care about that. We are here to help. As long as we have access to this food, it is a part of our ministry to distribute it those who need it most.”
Longstreet said the church wished to thank, the City Department of Public Works, Emergency Management Association and the West Point Police Department for their help and support.

"Food prices are skyrocketing during this COVID-19 pandemic," Longstreet said. "And it is causing a hardship on people. We believe in the Great Commission, we want to spread God's love to everyone we can. Jesus himself admonished us to feed the sheep. He understood that first you meet the physical needs of people and then you address their spiritual needs. We want to feed the whole person."

Volunteers begin to arrive at the church at 9 a.m. The trucks containing the food can be unloaded and are placed near the street to allow for the men to take the boxes of food to the vehicles with little to no contact.

"Families in our community are in need of these types of services," Longstreet said. "Even if you do not require a box of food, if you know of an elderly person who is unable to leave their home, come to the church, pick up a box and take it to them. Or you can give us their name and address and we will be happy to deliver it to them. Right now they are the most vulnerable among us. We understand the elderly do not want to be exposed to the virus and they do not want to leave their homes and drive to our church. We are happy to take it to their home. We want to do what we can for our elders."

The true meaning of community is to be of service to each other. To love and care for one another.
"We do not care what church you attend, or if you attend church," Longstreet said. "We do not care if you are black, white or brown. We are all part of the family of humanity. We all get hungry and I am glad we are able to help."

Longstreet said he hopes the amount will go back to normal, the seven pallets donated by the Mississippi Minority Farmers Association went very quickly Monday morning.
"If you are in need of this food, please come early," Longstreet said. "We had to turn people away who were coming after 11 a.m. Usually we have more food to distribute, but this time we ran out."
Food is available curbside Monday mornings at St. Paul M.B. Church at 10 a.m.

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