Mt. Tabor MBC leads effort to feed Liberty City residents
Jimmie Davis Jr. Special to The Miami Times | 5/1/2014, 9 a.m.
Not only has Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church along with their Inner City Ministry been progressive when it comes to providing free food to residents of Liberty City on a weekly basis – but when they arranged to have Farm Share pull up a tractor trailer supplied with over 30,000 pounds of fresh provisions on Friday morning at 10 a.m. – that’s avant-garde.
As the Black community continues to suffer from the economic depression, many resident are uncertain where the next meal will come from.
Feeding the less fortunate is the primary purpose of Inner City Ministry, which joined Audrey M. Edmonson, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 3, along with Farm Share to establish a food distribution drive that provided a well-balanced diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, rice, chicken, bread, coffee and tea to the needy.
The effort may be the largest food giveaway in Liberty City’s history. There were numerous pallets of canned string beans, squash and plantains under tents that were behind the church located at 1701 NW 66 St.
“I’ve been feeding this community for over 20 years and I have not seen the magnitude of food or people of this size since I been here,” said Reverend George McRae, pastor of the church. “This gives the church a chance to reach out to the people. It’s a great turnout.”
Over the years, Mt. Tabor has developed a reputation for reaching out to the impoverished, according to Misty Brown, Chief of Staff for Edmonson they have lost a substantial amount of funding to feed the needy.
Brown says the idea to team up with church for big project came last year during a Turkey giveaway at Mt. Tabor.
“We have a solid partnership with Mt. Tabor and Farm Share, because people really need food to eat,” Edmonson said. “It’s always important to give back.
The Commissioner says it’s important to give back to the community, especially when one sees and experience the satisfaction of the needy receiving help.
“It makes me feel good in life to know residents in the community have food to provide for their families,” she said. “This also makes a difference in the people’s lives in District 3.”
Food Share is a large-scale food bank that’s practically everywhere these days and their goal is to end hunger. “We’ve been here in South Florida because there’s a great need to feed hungry people,” said Elizabeth Nickerson, Director of Communications for Farm Share. “We are trying to feed over 3,000 people a week across the state of Florida.”
Sylvester James, Executive Director and Founder of Inner City Ministry say the outreach programs such as the food distribution, and clothes giveaway brings the community closer together.
“We came together today to give a gigantic feeding for the community,” he said. “I think it’s a marvelous thing to feed our community that’s in need.”
Rosetta Brown has family members that attend Mt. Tabor and says there are a lot of senior citizens that live in the community and don’t have food to eat.
“The food that I picked up today – I will take it back and share it with others,” Brown said. “We need a blessing such as this food giveaway.”