Gleaning Baptist gets help feeding the hungry

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Sep 21, 2011 - 04:14 PM

Photo: Last Thursday, the Peninsula Food Bank delivered an extra batch of food to Gleaning Baptist Church, Harcum, and employees from Skillsoft, a company that provides leadership training, donated their time while they were in town on business to help distribute the food. Here, Matt Sheedy hands Gina Knollenberg a sack of potatoes to be delivered to a local resident as church volunteer Dawn Burrell looks on. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

Last Thursday, the Peninsula Food Bank delivered an extra batch of food to Gleaning Baptist Church, Harcum, and employees from Skillsoft, a company that provides leadership training, donated their time while they were in town on business to help distribute the food. Here, Matt Sheedy hands Gina Knollenberg a sack of potatoes to be delivered to a local resident as church volunteer Dawn Burrell looks on. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

Gleaning Baptist Church near Harcum has been helping the hungry in the community for four years now. Last Thursday, the Peninsula Food Bank delivered an extra batch of food to the church, and employees from Skillsoft, a company that provides leadership training, donated their time while they were in town for business to help distribute the food.

Gleaning pastor Stevens Burrell said the church’s Good Samaritan Ministry, which helps all of those in the community who are in need, has partnered with other non-profit organizations and businesses over the years to make the mission of the ministry possible. The ministry does not just provide food, but clothing, furniture, household goods and appliances to its neighbors in need.

Since the volunteers at Gleaning had done so much with giving out food every Saturday, Loretta Jones-Knauth, chief development officer for the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, said that organization wanted to provide the church with extra supplies to help them serve even more last week. She said Walmart provided a truck to distribute the food.