GREEN BAY, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) –– A Green Bay pastor and his church have expanded their outreach efforts in order to help even more families in need during the pandemic.
Pastor Matt Miller said the church’s pantry and clothing closet have helped countless families since March.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Miller said.
The pantry had distributed almost 8,000 bags of food by early August 1 to families throughout the Green Bay aea. Families simply drive up to the church’s main entrance on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday’s after service. A volunteer will bring the food out to you.
The clothing closet had been open for a while, but the pandemic and social distancing made it difficult for the church to keep offering the service out of its building, Miller said.
So he and his team decided to bring the clothes outside, converting one of the church’s four “Jesus” buses into a mobile clothing closet. That way, people didn’t have to go in the building, and clothes could be laid out outside to improve social distancing when a family looks for what they need.
“We want to be a church that really helps people and especially in this difficult time, it’s been very important,” Miller said.
He said his church has been contacted by many families in need of help; too many to count. He said the experience has made him realize the need that’s out there during the pandemic.
“We want to provide this need and hopefully it helps people out so they can use the limited resources that they have on other things.”
His hope is other communities will recognize how impactful his church’s efforts have been and decided to help others out as well.
Miller said he’s grateful to be able to help.
“It’s just really been a team effort and I, to be honest, don’t really know how it’s happened. We’ve been able to do it by the grace of God and so we’re just going to continue to roll with it.”