The Breadbasket ministry began as a project of the Mariners Sunday School Class in the 1970s. Jane Rayborn and Lynn Hartwig designed a program to provide a three-day supply of food for individuals or families in need. Today twelve Hattiesburg churches participate in the ministry, with each church accepting calls for assistance one week at a time. Volunteers help with shopping and distribution of the food. Each year in December, members of Breadbasket churches pack and deliver 100 boxes to local families. These include a frozen turkey and the usual ingredients for a Christmas dinner. Sharon Potin and other volunteers manage the inventory for the food pantry, which includes shopping and organizing the items to be donated and doing the record keeping. In 2017, 695 households received food baskets: 2537 individuals; 1382 adults and 1155 children. The cost of the groceries was over $20,000. Communion Sundays at Westminster are Breadbasket Sundays. Please continue to support this important ministry with your tax deductible donations.
To learn more about what Breadbasket volunteers do, contact Margaret Lochhead or call the church office. (601-584-7574)