More than a Handout

More Than a Meal: Feeding Hungry People

“We’ve never been so hungry in our life, “ Peter said.

The first time Peter and Dana came to a Feed the Need Missions site, they had both 
been struggling with illnesses which took them out of work for some time. During the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, they lost their jobs. They were in a desperate place. “It’s embarrassing to struggle this much. I could possibly lose my car, and I have to move out of my rental place—I have never been this poor my entire life,” Peter shared.  
The pair had a lot of questions about what Feed the Need Missions is all about. “We stopped because we heard about it from a friend and we are so hungry. Being out here, serving anyone, that just blows my mind,” they confessed. What they didn’t anticipate, however, was the spiritual fueling and filling they would receive.

While Peter was raised in church, he had developed a pattern of running from God, returning to God, and then running again. The simple act of receiving a free, no-strings-attached meal and being offered prayer, led to a watershed moment in his faith. It also transformed their outlook on their situation. “You don’t know how much your prayer meant to us,” Dana said. I didn’t even have to ask for prayer you asked me. You brought us hope…and we thank you.”  

Do Free Handouts Really Help Needy Families?

You’ll often hear Feed the Need Missions team members say that what we offer is more than “a free handout.” Occasionally, we are asked if we believe this free meal is truly helping, or if it isn’t just enabling certain folks to take advantage. Our response is two-fold.

First, we believe there is more than one type of hunger. Often this has nothing to do with wealth. Some people may have all the financial comfort they could need, but lack community and support. As they gather surrounded by loving volunteers, the meal helps. Some may be carrying significant emotional burdens. As they are prayed over and connected to resources, the meal helps. And the most urgent, some are experiencing a total starvation of the spirit. They may be completely ensnared in hopelessness or a destructive lifestyle from which they have no idea how to break free. As they discover the truth that freedom is found in Jesus, the meal helps. At Feed the Need Missions, we welcome every king of hungry soul. There is no requirement, and no need to deserve it. There is no taking advantage here, because the truth is, we all need what lies beyond the burger.

Second, regardless of deservedness, we believe that we have a biblical directive to feed and fill others in every sense. Countless scriptures speak to our call as God’s image bearers to be burden sharers. Bridge buildings. A people of reconciliation. To meet every kind of need, regardless (even in spite of) deservedness. Check out a few of those here:

I, the LORD, have called you
for a righteous purpose,
and I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and appoint yo
to be a covenant for the people
and a light to the nations,
to open the eyes of the blind,
to bring prisoners out of the dungeon
and those sitting in darkness
out from the prison house.

Isaiah 42:6-7

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

2 Corinthians 5:18

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Matthew 25:35-36, 40


Volunteer Opportunities to Feed the Hungry

If reading these scriptures and hearing these stories of real life change inspires you, Feed the Need Missions would love to meet you and give you the opportunity to start filling up every kind of hunger in Jesus’ name. Check out our site locations, choose one hear you, and simply show up! Everyone is welcome to eat, and everyone is invited to serve.


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