This was made possible due to one section of the “CARES Act” stimulus package in which funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture supported farmers and distributors to disperse their produce during a time when many restaurants have closed or have greatly reduced their consumption.
This new Farmers-to-Families Food Box program assisted farmers, distributors and everyday Americans. Boxes were sent to nonprofits, churches and food pantries that serve American families for distribution.
Pastor Steve Myers helped organize the event and mentioned: “It is a wonderful blessing to be able to serve our community through this program and help make a little bit of difference to those in need. It’s an inspiration to see how quickly God’s people came together to help make this happen.”
More than 60 individuals and families volunteered to assist directing traffic, loading cars and restocking boxes. Masked volunteers loaded the desired number of boxes into cars passing through so that the delivery was contactless and those receiving the food could remain in their car. Many took extra boxes for friends, relatives and neighbors.
At the home office focus meeting Monday morning before the event, Peter Eddington drew the employees’ attention to Matthew 25:34-40 Matthew 25:34-40  Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
 For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in:
 Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.
 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we you an hungered, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink?
 When saw we you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you?
 Or when saw we you sick, or in prison, and came to you?
 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.
American King James Version×in which Jesus commended the righteous for giving Him food when He was hungry, drink when He was thirsty and so on. When they asked him, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed you . . . ?” He answered, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
The Cincinnati congregations took a step in that direction by distributing these food boxes. Due to the great turnout and the immediate and enthusiastic support from local brethren, we plan to make this type of effort a more regular occurrence in the future to support our local community.
A short video created by Peter Eddington can be found at: https://bit.ly/UCGFoodDrive