This ministry assists low-income families in the Halifax and Millersburg area with food needs. The Food Ministry was started as the HUMC Food Pantry in October 1994. A class room was used as the distribution center. We gave out day old bread and pastries received from the Giant Food Store in Halifax. In November 1995 the Food Room became an agency with the Central PA Food Bank and in 2002 moved from the church to the House on the Hill in 2002.
Each family (client) is allowed 3 visits per month for food bank items. Food items are received according to the size of the family. Each time they visit they may choose from a variety of grocery products. The breads and pastries are available on an as needed basis and may be picked up as often as the food room is open. The Food Room is open Tuesdays and Thursdays (4 to 6 PM) and Mondays and Saturdays (9 to 11 AM).
At Easter time we give out hams to each family.
Volunteers pick up breads and pastries at Giant 7 days a week. We also receive food supplies from: Local Supermarkets – Local farms and gardens – Post Office food drive – Individuals – Central Pennsylvania Food Bank -- Area Churches – Grants from Central Pennsylvania Conference World Hunger Offering – Boy Scouts.
We serve approximately 145 families per month.
Our leader of this wonderful ministry is Jackie Hoover. If you would like to volunteer, please call her at 896-3228 or the church office at 896-8092.
Out of 900 churches in the Susquehanna Conference, Jackie was recognized for her outstanding leadership with Halifax Food Room. Jackie joined Halifax UMC on September 13, 1970 and has always been an active member. Jackie not only hears and teaches the scripture; she also shares her faith by putting it into action. This has been most notably seen in her work with Halifax United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry which started in October 1994. Jackie has been a part of this ministry from its beginning and has been the director of it since 1996. As a volunteer she recruits and schedules the workers, orders and helps pick up the food, keeps the room in order and ready for inspection. It is no small thing to accept the scripture’s mandate to “feed the hungry.”
Jackie has shared the love of God through her organizational skills and compassion for all of God’s people. Jackie, your church family celebrates with you with great joy