More than 8 tons of food and personal care items will be distributed Saturday,  March 10, 2012, to area families in need through the third annual Faithbridge Church food drop. 


More than 8 tons of food and personal care items will be distributed Saturday,  March 10, 2012, to area families in need through the third annual Faithbridge Church food drop. 

About 150 volunteers are expected to meet at 9 a.m. at Faithbridge Church, 885 College Blvd*, Osage Beach (behind Hy-Vee) to load the groceries and hygiene boxes onto trucks and semitrailers for delivery to six area non-profit agencies.
 
Faithbridge is partnering with the international hunger relief organization Feed the Children to provide the items for the Food Drop. Other groups volunteering with the loading include Lake Ozark FD, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Rotary. The following organizations and neighborhood groups will help coordinate food distribution to individual families, in addition to receiving food for their own kitchens and pantries:  

In Eldon: Eldon School, Eldon Food Pantry
In Lake Ozark: Hope House  
In Osage Beach: School of the Osage  
In Camdenton: Camdenton Schools and Citizens Against Domestic Violence  
In Greenview, Sunrise Beach: Share The Harvest  
 
According to Buck Cueni-Smith, Faithbridge’s Senior Pastor, “The Food Drop was timed this year for the tough winter months, when donations typically drop off and the need is greatest.” The food drop is part of Faithbridge’s
2011 Christmas Offering.  
 
Feed the Children is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to children and families in need in the United States and internationally. Founded in 1979, Feed the Children shipped 129 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and families in all 50 states and in 43 foreign countries. For more information, visit feedthechildren.org. 

Church is a new church in the Lake area designed to use what is cultural and say what is timeless.  Faithbridge Church, a ministry of the United Methodist Church, is all about making things simple, because church had gotten complicated.  Faithbridge meets every Sunday at 9:45 a.m.  All are welcome to check them out, a membership is not needed and no perfect people allowed.  To find out more about Faithbridge, take the time to visit www.faithbridgelakechurch.com .  The idea behind the name, Faithbridge, is that the members want to bridge the gap between God to People, People to God, and People to People.  Many of the members of Faithbridge are everyday members of the community, but the church also welcomes guests and passersby who need a place to worship for the weekend. Faithbridge's worship is provided through traditional scripture, media, and drama performances.

*Faithbridge Church will be moving to a new building 901 Highway 42 (across from Eagle Lanes Bowling) in March & May be able to unload at the new building.