First Metropolitan Community Church needs a truck to help with food pantry services

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WICHITA, Kansas — The First Metropolitan Community Church picks up food from the Kansas Food Bank every Tuesday.

The 3 block trip may not seem far, but when there’s 10,000 pounds of food that needs to be transported the trip may prove to be a challenge– if the church doesn’t have the wheels to haul it off.

First Metropolitan Community Church runs a food pantry serving more than 800 families every week and that service has hit a roadblock after an accident totaled their truck.

“I’m not sure how we’re going to do that this week,” said Pastor Jackie Carter, First Metropolitan Community Church. “My hope is something is going to have to happen.”

Pastor Jackie Carter’s church is without a truck after a four vehicle accident at the intersection of Central and Edgemoor early Tuesday morning.

The accident left the car with a broken axle and springs.

Carter was on her way to pick up food donations.

“We don’t have a vehicle,” said Carter. “The church didn’t have a vehicle so we begin using my truck and now I don’t have a truck.”

The church has been using the vehicle for the past year and they depend on volunteers to offer their trucks to transport nearly 10,000 pounds of food from the Kansas Food Bank every week, but that help is running dry.

“My hope is that we don’t have to walk boxes one at a time from the food bank to here,” said Carter.

Carter says because of the small congregation they simply don’t have the money to buy a brand new truck.

“We just need to figure out a way to provide,” said Carter. “Most of the donations that we get and most of the grants that we write are for food not for a truck, air conditioning, or anything like that.”

The pastor is praying for a miracle so that they can continue to help families in need.

“I think that the work that we do is important enough that there will be people that will have the means and capacity to step up to make certain that this work will go on,” said Carter. “If it doesn’t we won’t be able to have a food pantry next week.”

The food pantry is open every Tuesday with distribution taking place from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Please call the church at 316-267-1852 if you can help or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.


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