Monday, April 25, 2011

Marty Girardier's How Shall We Feed Them

In 2004 Marty answered God’s call and founded the Cupboards for Christ ministry at her church to revitalize its food pantry ministry. The program tripled in size over the next three years. In September 2005, the ripples from Hurricane Katrina were felt in her town of Chesapeake, Virginia, causing the number of food recipients to double in only one month.

In 2008, after God called Marty to step down as the Cupboards for Christ chairperson, she sensed that God wanted her to pass the ministry on to others by writing this book. She currently serves as the food pantry liaison for her new church and former hosting church.

You can find Marty online at and her Pantry of Praise blog -
A blog written to encourage Christian food pantry volunteers with inspirational thoughts, food pantry articles, food collection ideas along with ideas of ways to share Christ through it.

How Shall We Feed Them?

“Brother, are you okay? Do you and your family have food?” a neighbor asked. Immediately, the man began to cry. Wiping away his tears, he said it had been days since they had food in the house and they had two boys. Overwhelmed, the neighbor asked if he would receive food from the church. The answer was yes, so they got in the car and went to the church’s food pantry. They were able to load them up!

This is one of many stories of meeting the needs of hungry people you will find in this practical book. It provides everything an individual, church, or organization needs to establish or revitalize a food pantry, including specific, step-by-step instructions for:

• Building a food pantry team
• Choosing a place for the food pantry
• Stocking and replenishing the shelves
• Creating guidelines for food pantry recipients
• Ministering to the food recipients

Also included are tear-out materials to help set up a food pantry, including a detailed action plan, check-off lists, sign-up sheets, food recipient information sheets, and contribution sign-up sheets.

Today more than ever, churches and Christian organizations need to meet the needs of increasing numbers of hungry people. Organizing a food pantry is a tangible way to do that. If you want to serve God by helping people in need, this inspiring book is for you.

Here's an excerpt of How Shall We Feed Them?:

Serving the Food Recipients

Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35

People who come to your church door to ask for food have all kinds of physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Filling their stomachs is a great way for God to prepare their hearts and minds to be lifted up to Him so that He can meet their other needs. Circumstances can change for anyone at a moment’s notice—health problems, unemployment, accidents, cost of living increases, and a host of others happen unexpectedly. Therefore, it is important for the church staff, team members, and church body to refrain from judging those who come to your church door for help. Most food recipients work or want to work and are responsible with their lives and finances.

Once in a while negative comments are made such as, “Oh, they are just coming to receive their free food this month” or “They drive a nicer car than I do.” My response to that is, “If they are coming to receive food for the wrong reason, it is not your or my job to convict their hearts of that—it is the Holy Spirit’s.

It is important to stay true to the calling that God has placed before you, which is to help feed those in need. God’s Word tells us that it is our job as a church body—not the government’s—to feed the needy. Matthew 25:35 tells us, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” When you serve each food recipient with a Christ like heart, then you are serving Christ himself.

How Shall We Feed Them? by Marty Girardier from WinePress Publishing on Vimeo.

You can purchase How Shall We Feed Them? from Amazon.

Marty is giving away a copy of How Shall We Feed Them?. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Joanne Sher said...

Would love a copy of this. Sounds so interesting. Please enter me.

Jo said...

I would love a copy of this to give to our church as we are trying to start a food pantry.


ann said...

Would love to win the book How shall we feed them?

Meredith said...

I'd love to read this to see her experiences with a food pantry!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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