Helping Hands is an outreach ministry with the primary mission to provide food and spiritual encouragement to our Sevier County neighbors in need. Food and supplies distributed by this ministry are purchased using budgeted Church funds and donations designated for the food ministry program.
Helping Hands is completely run by volunteers. Tim Scholz, the director of this ministry, is assisted by a crew of hardworking dedicated volunteers, which include a Coordinator, 1-2 Drivers, 4-6 Registration and Record Keepers, 10-16 Encouragers, 6-10 Baggers, and 8-12 Loaders.
Helping Hands serves our neighbors every Wednesday from 12:30-2:30 pm in the Good News Building. Registration begins at 12:30 pm, with the “Encourager/Neighbor” sessions starting at 1:00 pm. Our neighbors may come to this program once each month.
After meeting and praying with their encourager, recipients receive a form which qualifies them for food. They then drive to the food distribution area and present the form to the workers who load the food for them.
Food distribution changes each week depending on what is in stock and what is purchased from Second Harvest in Maryville. An example of an allocation could be a 2# bag of blueberries, loaf of bread, one dozen eggs, ½ gallon of fruit juice, cereal, mac & cheese, corn muffin mix, pasta, sausage patties, 8-12 cans goods (soup, fruits, and vegetables), peanut butter, crackers, and various snacks. When available, diapers and toiletries may also be provided if needed.
The number of families served each Wednesday varies from 50 to over 120, with the largest number being served in the winter. Approximately 20-40 people accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior each year as a direct result of this ministry.
Our recipients are grateful that FBCS provides this program. The workers feel blessed to be a part of this ministry and look forward to every Wednesday. Please be sure to thank the volunteers in this ministry for their hard work and dedication.