By Tia Lynn Ivey
The weekly Grocery Giveaway, orchestrated by the Morgan County Ministers Union, will continue throughout the summer at Morgan County High School for families in need due to a new $10,000 matching grant from the Conrads Family Foundation.
Madison Mayor Fred Perriman and Reverend Robert Terrell, both members of the Ministers Union, are thrilled with the generous grant donation and urge the community to step up and donate to maximize the full grant’s potential.
“If the community gives $10,000, the Conrads Foundation will match it,” explained Reverend Terrell, senior pastor of Union Springs Baptist Church in Rutledge.
“We need the community to rally around this critical need in our community. ” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman.
Perriman and Terrell believe the Grocery GIve away, which distributes boxes of food supplies to families in need every Saturday due to the financial hardships exacerbated by the Coronavirus Pandemic, will be even more of a critical need in the community due to the summer lunch program, usually provided by the school system, being discontinued this year.
“The school lunch program will not be happening this summer,” said Terrell. “So this grant is very timely and will help us pick up that slack for the summer. With the lunch program not being there, kids and their families will need our program even more than before.”
“The most important reason people are still struggling financially because of the ongoing pandemic,” said Perriman. “Especially now with the summer lunch program not in effect and people are not working full-time and a lot are not working at all and having the extra burden of the kids being home, it’s kind of an extra burden on them right now. So this is very much needed.”
On average, the grocery giveaway has been distributing about 150 boxes of groceries per week.
To donate, mail a check addressed to the Morgan County Ministers Union, located at 1901 Doster Road, Madison, GA 30563. People can also donate directly at the Grocery Giveaway, which happens every Saturday at Morgan County High School from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Perriman urged the community to come together during a time of prolonged crisis and financial slumps.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, this is the season, this is the time for all of us, city and county, to become ONE Morgan,” said Perriman. “We are showing the spirit of ONE Morgan because we all see the need in the community.”
Terrell praised not only the Conrads Foundation for such generosity, but for all the churches, organizations, donors and individual volunteers for joining forces with the Ministers Union to make the Grocery Giveaway a sustainable success.
“This isn’t just us,” said Terrell. “There are 16 local churches involved with this, local donors, and local individuals volunteering to make this happen. We want to give thanks to each and everyone who has participated in this effort. We could not have done this without them.”
“This says a lot about our community that we are coming together to keep our kids and families afloat this summer,” said Perriman. “I would urge all of our citizens to continue to rally around the Ministers Union. United we stand, divided we fall. Let’s keep this spirit going, that One Morgan Spirit.”