By Michael V. Hannigan
The name may have changed, but the work continues.
The Malakoff Food Pantry recently changed its name to Faith in Action Outreach to better reflect its mission.
“We are simply demonstrating the love that Jesus Christ has for all of us and we are doing our best to pass this love on to the folks in our community that are down on their luck,” said organization president Larry Albertson. “We believe the name Faith In Action Outreach does a good job of painting a picture of who we are now and what we want to become.”
Faith in Action is a non-denominational Christian organization that currently feeds around 1,000 people each month. The hungry come from all around the Henderson County area, and organizers say the number of people needing help is rising because of the current economic troubles.
But Faith in Action sees an even bigger need.
“The food pantry is certainly the cornerstone, but we have also expanded into providing elementary school kids with food for the weekends, counseling, clothing, home improvement for the elderly and widows and providing services as needed for the homeless,” said Albertson. “We will also be expanding into other areas as the Lord leads us.”
One new ministry is the Food for the Weekend program, which supplies bags of food to elementary students who otherwise might not get much to eat on Saturday and Sunday. Faith in Action currently delivers food bags to Malakoff and Eustace elementary students, and hopes to include Cross Roads students in the near future.
The program is similar to the one conducted at Tool Elementary School.
“The elementary school Food for the Weekend program was being developed at the same time as the Tool program and it was the success of the Tool program that helped all of us to believe that a food program could be successful within the local elementary schools,” said Albertson. “We have implemented our Food for the Weekend program in Malakoff and Eustace and we are approaching other local elementary schools too.”
All this outreach can be expensive, however. Faith in Action is a 501C3 non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible. Organizers say 100 percent of donations go to the needy in the community and they promise full disclosure of financial statements to contributors.
“We are currently asking God for money, volunteers and a bigger building,” said Albertson. “Everything we do is done through unpaid volunteers.”
Donations can be made online at the Faith in Action Outreach website, www.faithinactionoutreach.com, or mailed to: Faith in Action Outreach; PO Box 862; Malakoff, Texas 75148-0862.
The Faith in Action leadership team includes: Mark Ferrell, chairman; Larry Albertson, president; Cheryl Trout, treasurer; Teri Caswell, director of office operations; and Joseph Kelly, director of warehouse operations.