AACCM food bank relies on UF support

Published 12:18 am Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Economic times and “bumps in the road” find families scrambling for a way to put food on the table.

Atmore Area Christian Care Ministries is available in those times of need when families find themselves looking for a little help to make it through tough times.

Mike McMorris, director of AACCM, said funding for the assistance they provide comes from a variety of sources including the Atmore United Fund.

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“United Fund provides about 10 percent of our operating budget for the year,” McMorris said. “That is a significant amount for us. Broken down, that would keep us operating for about two months and we are appreciative for the funds.”

McMorris said the main objective of AACCM is to provide assistance to those who find themselves in need of temporary and immediate assistance.

“There are people in our community that have low income or no income and putting food on the table can be difficult,” McMorris said. “With the economy the way it is, we are seeing more people hitting bumps in the road and needing a little help.”

McMorris said his organization provides assistance with the help of supplying food for families in need.

“We’ve had people who’ve come in who have hit a rough spot financially,” McMorris said. “These days you just never know who that might be. It could be your neighbor. We’ve seen people asking for assistance who you may never have imagined would be asking for help. But, that’s why we’re here. We do our best to help out with a few days of food for a family if they are in need.”

Although the primary goal of AACCM is to provide assistance with food, helping to pay emergency utility bills is available if needed.

“It’s not our primary goal to help with utility bills, but if there is a need we do what we can to help,” McMorris said. “We can help with emergency needs to help pay power or water bills and help with heat if needed.”

McMorris said local churches, businesses and individuals contribute to AACCM regularly, but said every donation helps.

“We are thankful for those who support our mission,” McMorris said. “We have churches, businesses and individuals who help us from time to time. Some organizations and businesses have food drives through the year and contribute that to us to use. We have other outside resources as well. The United Fund contribution is a significant contribution that helps us continue what we do.”

McMorris, who is also pastor at Robinsonville Baptist Church, said the community will have another opportunity to assist in the goals of AACCM in just a few weeks.

“The Atmore Area Ministerial Association has been making plans for the annual community wide Thanksgiving service,” McMorris said. “That service will be held at Grace Fellowship at 6 p.m. on Nov. 21. The offering taken at that service will benefit Atmore Christian Care Ministries.”

To make a donation to Atmore Area Christian Care Ministries or to ask for assistance from the organization, visit them at 105 N. Pensacola Ave., or call 446-3476.

To make a contribution to Atmore’s United Fund, contact any board member or ask your employer about contributions.

AACCM volunteer Willie Brown accepts a donation from Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church members Deborah Bishop and Barbara McMurray in April.|File Photo