The need to feed those in need – to “tackle hunger’ – has always been great. Now, due to Covid-19, it’s even greater, said Karen Kinsler, Development Director for the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia.
“Last year, between feeding the men, women and children in our life recovery program, the homeless and food insecure through our daily Bread Line program, and providing holiday meals to the needy on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Good Friday, the Rescue Mission cooked and served right at 89,000 meals,” Kinsler, who is the sister of former Northside athletics director Kevin Kinsler, said. “This year we are projected to prepare and serve just over 100,000 meals due to the increasing need in our area.”
To aid in that effort, SportsMic has joined forces with the mission, and is asking others to do likewise. To do so, you can click on the “Tackle Hunger” link image at the bottom of this story and follow it to make a monetary donation and/or learn how you can donate items to the mission’s food pantry for the holidays.
“Your gift will provide hot holiday meals with all the trimmings to thousands of hungry men, women and children right here in Middle Georgia,” reads a SportsMic release.
As far as the mission, in addition to the meals its good folks prepare and serve, it also serves as the distribution hub for the USDA’s Farmers to Families Program from July 1 to Oct. 31.
Through this program, Kinsler said, more than 43,000 boxes of farm fresh food and 22,000 gallons of milk are distributed to families in 11 Middle Georgia counties. This program, she continued, was created by Houston County’s own Sonny Perdue and Ivanka Trump to help farmers with the food they couldn’t sell due to the pandemic shutdown and families struggling with providing food for their families … “in all it came to over 1,00,000 pounds of food for our area.”
In addition, the mission’s “breadline meals” are delivered to homeless and food bank ministries each day for distribution to those in need. “We don’t actually feed them on our campus since we are located in North Macon off the beaten path of where most homeless have access to,” said Kinsler, “(but) our ministry partners hand out the food and we direct people to them to receive meals.”
She added: “We prefer people contact us for referrals so we can also assess what other needs they may have that we can help with or can direct them to other resources in the area.”
Kinsler said they also use volunteers to no only help conduct food drives and to deliver meals to senior centers and families, but to also act as mentors for residents, help with administrative activities, work in the mission’s food prep kitchen, help in its bargain center, along with a list of other activities. “We recruit and train volunteers on an ongoing basis from individuals to groups, schools, companies, etc.”
“The Rescue Mission has been serving those in need in Middle Georgia for over 68 years. Our primary support to the community today is as a residential life-recovery program for men, women and children experiencing addictions, domestic violence, poverty, sexual abuse, homelessness and other life hurts.
“We also give aid to the homeless through our meals and other support programs.”