Pandemic food bank demand at St. Moses the Black in Detroit sees staggering increase
DETROIT (FOX 2) – – A church in Detroit is stepping out to bring food to the table for people in need during the pandemic, but they have one big problem: they run out of food and they are being forced to turn people away.
“We hate turning people away,” said Camille Graves Douglas, the pantry coordinator.
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Cars lined up on Oakman Row in Detroit on Wednesday – day people at Saint Moses the Black Catholic Church, also known as the Church of the Madonna Parish, were handing out food to families in need.
But on this day they unfortunately have to.
“I don’t know how we’re going to do it,” she added.
Cars lined up on Oakman Row in Detroit on Wednesday – day people at St. Moses the Black Catholic Church, also known as the Church of the Madonna Congregation, were distributing groceries to families in need.
The lead is overwhelming after a post was posted on social media telling people that no one came to dinner – and the church, in turn, could lose its funding.
“I couldn’t get to the source,” said Douglas. “And I don’t know why they would. This is not funded by the government. We have nothing but food every week.”
The Church’s pantry coordinator says they typically provide about 50 families of four a week with bags of dry food, canned food, meat, and produce – thanks to their Gleaners membership.
But during this pandemic, they served 250 families a week.
“This 251st family told them to call 211 or Gleaners to find out who else was giving away food,” said Douglas. “We may have a few products left for another 10 or 20 families, but not all the way.”
But these people are doing everything they can to keep the long line moving.
They’re all volunteers – nobody gets paid, they’re out in the cold but they love it.
“This is my passion,” said Carla Scott, volunteer. “I feel really blessed when I know that there are people in the church that I can actually help.”
Camille Graves Douglas and her team of volunteers now hope that those out there have something to give during this holiday season.
“”Donations of money are of course welcome and should be paid to Saint Moses the Blacks, Pantry of Saint Vincent de Paul. ”
If you can help – donate food and cash also be given to Gleaners on behalf of the Church.
“Nobody knew it would take that long,” said Douglas.
FOX 2: “How are you?”
“Prayers and donations,” she said.