Back around 2011, the Salvation Army put out a call to churches in the Temple area for some assistance with their meals for the homeless program. Our congregation discussed what we could do and decided to provide a meal once a month. The meal was to be nutritionally balanced to help provide positive memories to motivate people. We were asked to provide a hot meal and a sack meal which those in need could take with them for later. It was suggested that a sandwich and a couple of snacks would suffice for the sack meal. Peanut butter seemed to be a good choice from a nutritional standpoint and that is how "Peanut Butter Sundays" came to be a staple of this outreach program.
About the time the Bell County Community Coalition was formed, Feed My Sheep had moved to a leased building with no A/C or heat. The number of people served eventually peeked at over 300 and although the number of people served has gone down a bit because of changes made by the City of Temple, on our day to serve we still serve about 200. Through donations to Feed My Sheep and the Temple area churches, like Salem & Covenant, providing meals, the Feed My Sheep organization has been able to add services to help people in need. Not only building improvements (adding A/C and heat), but Feed My Sheep now offers showers, laundry facilities, haircuts, resume help, ID card assistance, access to internet and fax, a free children's clinic, and a GED assistance program, with more to come.
If you would like to become involved in this ministry, please contact us through our contact form or by calling us at (254)-773-7718 so that we can get you in touch with the right people to start serving.