Today the Feed the Creek is in its 6th school year thanks numerous sponsors and community volunteers including 18 churches and about 44 businesses and organizations as well as numerous individual volunteers.
In spite this small army of sponsors and volunteers, Fulcher said that they do still need help and seek donations. “We don’t receive any government funding. I wanted this to be a community effort.”
Coordinating the volunteer efforts as well as with the schools is Cynthy Turner. Turner said that they serve in excess of 300 students per week who would otherwise go hungry on the weekend. She said that in general the school provides them with a list of names of children that they know have a need but they try to help all who come to them.
She recalled an instance where she was dropping off a bag because she got the word that they were one short. When she had finished with the delivery, a woman asked her if she was with Feed the Creek and she said she was. She said that she expected that the woman was probably going to ask her about volunteering or making a donation but instead she thanked her. She said that Feed the Creek was a blessing to her family. She said that her granddaughter had come to live with her and shortly after that her hours at work were cut to almost half.
“I was blown away. She didn’t seem to me like someone who would have needed help. She has a house. She has a car. She has a job. But all of the sudden her life changed and now she has a child to support and had no outside support from the government. It’s like one our counselors said, sometimes life just isn’t kind to people,” said Turner.
Turner said, anyone wanting to volunteer with Feed the Creek can be added to their e-mail list at FTCOH@outlook.com. A list of food items that are needed as well as drop off locations can be found on their website at http://ftc.ftcoh.org/info/. They can also be found on Facebook at Feed the Creek.