By Tia Lynn Ivey
Local ministers aren’t just preaching the good news, they’re living it. The Morgan Ministers Union has teamed up with local concerned citizens to provide groceries for families in need as the coronavirus pandemic persists.
On Saturday, April 25, ministers and volunteers will pass out groceries in Madison’s Town Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Groceries will distributed on a first-come, first serve basis in a drive-thru system for as long as supplies last. The Ministers Union is planning to distribute at least $1,500 worth of groceries, in hopes that struggling families will be able to feed their families beyond just one meal.
“It is amazing to see our community come together during this unprecedented time to help those in need,” said Fred Perriman, Madison Mayor and member of the Morgan
County Ministers Union.
“The President of the Morgan County Ministers Union, Pastor W.J. Reid, President of the Morgan County NAACP, Pastor Lonnie C Brown and Mayor Fred Perriman are partnered together along with some other concerned citizens of the community to provide food for the needy,” explained a press release from Ministers Union.
Perriman praised other programs aimed at helping families need by providing prepared meals, like the First United Methodist Church of Madison, who is partnering with Amici’s to pass out weekday meals.
“Its wonderful what they are doing,” said Perriman. “But that’s one meal. We started thinking about the other meals and that maybe if we gave out groceries that would go beyond one meal and a person could feel their family multiple meals.”
Perriman credited Pastor Robert Terrell, minister at Union Springs Baptist Church, for coming up with the idea. Perriman is hoping to make the grocery ministry an ongoing program.
“We hope this is just the beginning,” said Perriman. “We’d like to keep doing this, especially while the kids are out of school. We want to be ONE Morgan and let our community know we are all in this together.