WRITTEN BY: KRISTEN COPE
As the 26-foot truck rolled up to the church this past Sunday with volunteers standing ready to help in superhero costumes, the Rock Church and The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank teamed up to take on the challenge to “Fight For Hunger” during their fifth annual Food Drive event. The goal is to raise 30,000 pounds of food to distribute throughout the San Diego area. Many community members joined by bringing non-perishable food items to the church and placing them in the red bins located by the front and back doors.
“This event is important because it is really a great example of the community partnership between the Rock Church and the San Diego Food Bank because we are coming together to feed people in need,” said President and CEO of the San Diego Food Bank, Jim Floros.
Not only is the Food Bank excited for the partnership, but so is the Rock Church.
“It is an honor for the Rock Church to make a difference in the community as we partner with the San Diego Food Bank,” Associate Pastor Mickey Stonier said. “17 percent of the children in San Diego are going to bed hungry…we have a passion to bring pervasive hope to our community - every street, every person, and that includes kids.”
Along with donors, volunteers came alongside the Rock Church to raise awareness for the food drive. One community member, 12 year-old Zeke Hinds, who has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, made the food drive part of his end of the year school project.
“My son had a junior high school project where they had to choose an organization, take action, and help out with the community, and he chose the San Diego Food Bank,” said Cory Hinds, Zeke’s father.
Zeke sent out 100 flyers around his neighborhood and collected the donated canned goods from his neighbors to deliver to the church.
Cory Hinds describes the day, “…this is a great event and I would love to help out again next year; great cause, great fun.”
Zeke was not the only one willing to help out, but many others donated pounds upon pounds of food to push forward to the goal. The Rock has provided several ways of donating through physical food items, cash vouchers or online donations. This way, church-goers on Sunday could participate if they did not bring food to donate. As the day went on, many bins filled with food were loaded up unto the truck.
“The highlight of the day is to see how all these people are so concerned about helping those in need and are coming together. We have to serve 350,000 people every single month, they are counting on us, and because of The Rock Church we are going to be able to help these people,” said Floros.
The food drive is not over yet! How can you help?
• drop off food at the Rock Church
• donate online here
“As the church is growing and expanding, the heart of God’s love is expanding throughout San Diego,” Pastor Stonier said. “What a joy to be apart of so many amazing people.”