THE STORY: "Keep it Rolling"
Sixteen million families in America are food insecure (can't provide 3 meals a day). Scary we know, but true. In Georgia 20% of the families and 30% of the children are food insecure. We can't do much about all the hungry people in the world or even in America, but we can do something about the hungry men,women and children in Augusta, Ga. where the poverty level is 25.7%.
THE GOOD NEWS! Mercy Ministries is already working on the problem, but we need your help. We have been blessed with the gifts of 2 trucks, 1 van, 2 cars, and 4 trailers so we can pick-up and distribute the food we get from the Golden Harvest Food Bank, 9 different restaurants, and 2 grocery stores, to our hungry friends and neighbors living right here in Augusta ,GA. All of our drivers and workers are volunteers , and the food we receive is at no or very low cost.
We provide food for 12,000+ people each month,including a hot meal and emergency food, 7 days a week. Once a week we distribute fresh food supplied by the Golden Harvest Food Bank and from our own garden, when available. Additionally, we provide house to house delivery for our shut-ins and for the handicapped who can't make it to our regular distribution site.
THE MONEY GOES to pay the expenses of operating our small very, very used fleet of vehicles and to buy the highly perishable food stuffs we all need to have a healthy diet. The largest portion of your money will go to pay for the Gas, Maintenance, Insurance and other incidental expenses for the fleet, like tags and licenses, etc.
Turns out we spend about $20.00 per day, per vehicle, which adds up to $36,000.00 a year on our fleet to "Keep it Rolling". The cost of Gas, Maintenance, Insurance, tags and taxes really adds up quick. Your gift will go a long way to make sure we can continue this vitally important work.
THE TRUE BENEFIT from our "Keep it Rolling" program is that you can be part of the solution in breaking the vicious cycle of poverty in our community.
Nutritional food is necessary for a healthy, active life. Most importantly , the healthy nutrition our program provides, with your help,gives our children the healthy food they need to perform better in school, which will translate into better opportunities in their futures.
Help us "Keep it Rolling"