QUAD CITIES (February 14, 2019) — Over 2 million pounds of food were distributed last year to nearly 160,000 individuals at Churches United of the Quad City Area’s 25 neighborhood food pantries and three free hot meal sites.
That’s double the amount of food distributed just two years ago!
“I appreciate the volunteers at our pantries and the church members who serve at our hot meal sites for their dedication to our hunger ministry. While we may not eliminate hunger in its entirety, we can serve those who are in need of emergency food or a hot meal,” said Rev Dr Melvin Grimes, Executive Director at Churches United. “Special thanks to our staff, our generous donors, and our 140 member churches that help us serve the people of this Quad City community.”
Churches United’s Hunger Ministry was established in 1976 with the opening of 10 food pantries. Since then, our program to feed the hungry has become the largest provider of free food in our two-county region. Food pantry clients receive 5-7 days of non-perishable food and seasonal fresh food. Free hot meals are served at 6PM six days every week: weeknights at Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport; Monday through Thursday evenings at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in East Moline, and Sunday evenings at Hope United Church of Christ in Moline.
Churches United has a 57-year history of reaching out to our community. Our 140 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area. Over 800 volunteers donate more than 30,000 hours annually to our food pantries and meal sites and Winnie’s Place, the only emergency shelter in the Illinois Quad Cities for women and children who may be survivors of domestic abuse.
For more information about our Christ-centered ministries, or how to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at www.cuqca.org.