'Bread of Life' feeding ministries of Covington First UMC celebrates five-year anniversary by announcing new partnership with Munford First UMC


Members and pastors of Munford First and Covington First UMCs celebrate the beginning of a new partnership in ministry through Bread of Life food pantry. From left are Jim Christy, Rev. Mike Pilcher, D.J. Watson, Debbie Zanot, Tim Wallace, Rev. Grace Phelps, Bob Wilson, and Christy Hight. (Submitted photo)

By. Rev. Grace Phelps, Covington First UMC

Bread of Life feeding ministries recently celebrated its five-year anniversary of distributing food to people in need in Tipton County, Tenn.

Since April 10, 2010, Bread of Life volunteers have distributed more than 480 tons of food to over 2,700 families. Families can get food once every 30 days if they have a need. Many elderly and disabled persons and families living below the poverty line rely upon the food provided to meet their basic nutritional needs.

Bread of Life is a member agency of the Mid-South Food Bank. The ministry began as an outreach of Covington First UMC in Covington, Tenn., and distributed food first and third Saturdays in Covington and second and fourth Saturdays in Brighton, Tenn..
As of May 2015, Bread of Life has entered into a new partnership with Munford First UMC in Munford, Tenn. The church family at Munford has opened their hearts and made space in their building to provide storage for the food. The first food distribution day at Munford First UMC will be Saturday, May 23, and will continue on the second and fourth Saturdays each month. Sign-up begins at 8 a.m. and food distribution takes place between 9 and 11 a.m. God has provided faithfully for this ministry and this new partnership is yet another example of his abundant grace.
Bread of Life relies on freewill giving from individuals, churches and other groups throughout the community to purchase the food from the Mid-South Food Bank. There are no government grants or subsidies. The food at Mid-South Food Bank averages about 9-cents per pound, so a $50 gift purchases about 500 pounds of food. Bread of Life also receives weekly food donations from Wal-Mart and Kroger in Covington which include meats, fresh produce, bakery items and miscellaneous dry and canned goods.
Over 200 persons currently volunteer their time to make the food distribution happen each week – picking up food in Memphis, stocking pantry shelves, and distributing food on Saturdays. We are blessed with volunteers from over 20 area churches, plus scout troops, homeschooler groups, honor society members and other youth who serve. Most volunteers work once a month. Bread of Life is grateful for the support of the community in serving those in need.

For more information about receiving food, donating or volunteering your time at Bread of Life, contact Rev. Grace Phelps at 901-476-9694.