A traditional thanksgiving dinner today. Courtesy photo
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Food For All Nations has distributed food to locals as well as to the residents in the two Colorado communities that Church For All Nations serves for about the past three years.
Distributions will now continue under a different name, as church officials are looking to do something that has never been done with FFAN. That something could make the holidays special for some families.
“Food For All Nations will now be primarily focused on offering the Thanksgiving and Christmas box for purchase for the community,” said CFAN Liberal pastors Darren and Joanne Metcalf in an e-mail to the Leader & Times.
The Metcalfs said the holiday boxes are first quality selections that will feed a family of four or more and will be available for pick up on Saturday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving box and Saturday, Dec. 21, for the Christmas box.
Thanksgiving boxes need to be ordered by Nov. 17, and Christmas boxes need to be ordered by Dec. 15. Orders can be processed online at www.foodforallnations.com.
“They can call 620-624-4416 to place phone orders or ask questions, or if paying with cash at Church For All Nations, 623 N. Grant Ave.” the Metcalfs said.
Those ordering boxes do not have to be members of CFAN in order to do so.
“Anyone can order, and there is no limit on boxes,” the Metcalfs said. “These food boxes make excellent gifts as well.”
Both the Thanksgiving and Christmas boxes are $36 each.
The Metcalfs said being able to help those in need is great for CFAN.
“We are very excited about this new aspect of our ministry for the community here,” they said. “The convenience of having a high quality holiday meal at a good price without having to shop or wait in line is a tremendous value for anybody. It is our desire to be a help to our community in a variety of ways.”
The CFAN pastors said the church’s monthly distribution of its food pantry will now be called Open Arms.
Open Arms, a member of Food Bank of the Rockies, is the only full service food bank in Littleton, Colo., one of the communities that CFAN serves. According to the food bank’s Web site, as many as 200 families a week are served by Open Arms, some of whom come from more than 50 miles away every Tuesday to receive assistance.
In Liberal, the food pantry will have a distribution from 4 to 5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month with no applications or qualifying. Food will be given away on a first come, first served basis. Call the church if you have any questions at 624-4416. Distribution will occur at the church at 623 N. Grant Ave. in Liberal. Please use the north entrance.