by Terry Rogers
On August 1, Jesus Love Temple Evangelical Association will kick off House of David Food Pantry with the goal to serve at least 20 families per week in the greater Milford area. Pastor David A. Shockley explained that although the kickoff will be August 1st, that will only be the beginning for the project.
“Almost half the children in our school district are under the poverty line,” Shockley explained. “Statistics also show that 5,000 people are affected by food deficits in Milford. We believe the need is great, so our goal is to help as many people as possible.”
Currently, the church is accepting donations of non-perishable food as well as cash donations to help complete setting up for the food pantry. The goal is to do weekly distributions, emergency food and coordinated events with the Food Bank of Delaware.
“My father, Reverend David A. Shockley, sr., started Jesus Love Evangelical Association in 1979 upon the premise of showing love and ministering to the needs of the community. We’ve carried on that same legacy over the last 40 plus years. We’ve always helped, but now we’ll be able to reach more people.”
Shockley explained that the church had a smaller operation before and the State of Delaware sent them clients.
“We couldn’t keep up with the volume,” Shockley said. “However, my sister, Azandra Smith-Bennett, who ran the program years ago, passed away in 2018. Back then, we didn’t have the resources to operate efficiently. Now, with the help of our members and the community contributors, we are much better prepared.”
The church is looking for volunteers to help at the Food Bank which will operate starting on August 1 from 9:00 a.m. until Noon. Anyone interested in helping can reach Shockley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-422-2110 to leave a name and return phone number on the church voice mail. The food pantry will be held at 106 South Walnut Street with food boxes and more distributed. Food boxes will be handed out at Shockley Hall with the front office of Jesus Love Temple handling all paperwork.
In addition to donations of non-perishable food and cash, sponsorships are available. A Wall of Fame will be created in the Jesus Love Temple Evangelical Association front office to recognize sponsors. Sponsorship information is available at https://kindest.com/campaign/jlea-food-pantry-launch.
Jesus Love Evangelist Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Their mission is to help meet the economic, spiritual and social needs of the General Milford Community first and the rest of the world next.
“Our next House of David project is to have a clothing closet and a baby supply depot,” Shockley said. “We greatly appreciate everyone who helps. Every dollar and effort given will make a difference.”