Cane Creek Baptist food bank sees God at work

There’s a building at Cane Creek Baptist Church, Warrior, that’s loaded down with food.

And Harold Donald says it’s a labor of love.

“We’ve been doing this for 12 years at least,” said Donald, Cane Creek’s pastor. “It started out really small and it’s really grown.”

The food bank, which opens its doors to the community on the third Saturday of every month, feeds about 150 families.

“It’s definitely been something supported by the community — it’s not just Cane Creek Baptist Church,” Donald said. “There is a lot of work that goes into it.”

Churches from across Sulphur Springs Baptist Association pitch in to buy food, stock shelves and fill volunteer needs.

And in December, there’s a special bonus — children get stockings stuffed by local churches.

Sherrie Bittle, director of the food bank, said the contents of the stockings range from onesies for babies to toys, clothes and food for older kids.

Help from others

“Other churches are such a big help with the ministry,” she said.

For one, Bethel Baptist Church, Dora, starts its generosity early — its pre-K class has a canned food drive, and the teacher brings the children to the food bank to deliver it.

“Their teacher really works to teach them missions and that’s the first mission they do together as a class,” Bittle said.

Donald said Cane Creek Baptist has invested in the food bank because they feel deeply the weight of God’s command to care for the poor.

Before each third Saturday distribution, Donald gives a short message and offers everyone there a chance to respond to the gospel.

Dan Nichols, director of missions for Sulphur Springs Baptist Association, says it is “an unbelievable work of the Lord going on at Cane Creek.” (Grace Thornton)