Ann Bauer of Kunkletown has been the director of the Supplemental Food Resource Center at Effort United Methodist Church for over five years, since the doors opened.
"I have been pleased and honored to have been the director and a volunteer for all these years. Yet change must occur, and with that I have resigned as director. Our new director, Mark Baylis is well equipped with many helping hands to lead us into our future endeavors. Please join me in welcoming Mark, and thank him for his willingness to serve Christ," says Ann.
She says that the last year has been great.
"This ministry offers a uniqueness like none I have ever seen. It is comprised of dedicated volunteers, compassionate neighbors, and good people. Jesus reminded his disciples, 'The harvest is great.' I say, Amen."
"Here's an insight into God's handprint: There is a great harvest, and we continue to have a full well."
This holiday season the center distributed 92 complete Thanksgiving dinners and 50 Christmas dinners to the West End community.
"It takes many hands and many hours to pull together such a large-scale operation. This could not have been accomplished without the help of our volunteers," says Ann.
The ministry keeps growing in volume.
"We have both equipment and financial needs. We could use a box truck or trailer for food deliveries, rollers to move boxes, new dry erase easels for counts and our food wish list, a flat screen television for announcements to our clients, a larger facility (but I am dreaming, here), more shelving units, stamps, copy paper, brown grocery bags, and of course food and volunteers."
The Supplemental Food Resource Center at Effort United Methodist Church is located on Merwinsburg Road, (off State Rd. 115) in Effort, Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. The Center is open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays to residents of the West End community. This food bank is supplemental and is offered to those in need for eight weeks.
"My departure comes with many fond memories and a deep appreciation for those who are suffering. Yes, the harvest is abundant," says Ann.
For more information about the center, please contact the church office at 570-629-1890.