Alabama-Crenshaw Association food pantry founder Jewel Killough retires

Jewel Killough, Alabama-Crenshaw Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) missions consultant and founder of the Alabama-Crenshaw Baptist Association food pantry, has retired after more than 30 years of service in the association.

Killough began serving the Alabama-Crenshaw Baptist Association through WMU by teaching “missions books” throughout the association. Through the years Killough coordinated and managed associational WMU ministries including the food pantry, the Luverne Health and Rehab Christmas store and the annual prayer walk. While serving on the WMU leadership team Killough served the members of First Baptist Church, Luverne, as WMU director and Sunday School teacher.

The food pantry began as an outreach ministry of First, Luverne. Moved by Bible teachings to “help the poor,” Killough collected food supplies to be given whenever the need arose. 

“It was difficult to get the word out to those in need,” Killough said, and the ministry was moved to the association office where food could be distributed to those who contacted the ministry. The food distribution effort soon became a monthly event. 

As the years passed the need grew as did awareness, and the food pantry gained volunteers and the support of the WMU leadership team. Today the food pantry distributes non-perishable food items to 35–50 families each month.

“We’ve had lean times but good support.” Killough said. “I just love the people.”