By Nancy Kelly
The annual 40-Day Food Bank Challenge, hosted by a collective of Kings County Baptist churches, netted more than 15,000 pounds of food for local food banks.
Baptist churches in Cambridge, Black Rock, Morristown and Woodville have been hosting a friendly competition for several years now to see which congregation can collect the most in food bank donations. This year for the first time, members of the Halls Harbour Baptist Church also took up the challenge.
Donations were collected between Nov. 22 and Dec. 31 with total of 15,550 pounds of food collected between the five churches. Cambridge Baptist Church came out ahead this year collecting 4,714 pounds of food. Woodville Baptist followed closely behind with 4,230 pounds, Black Rock Baptist collected 3,275 pounds and Morristown Baptist gathered 3,230 pounds in food donations. The Harbourville congregation added 101 pounds to the total.
As part of the challenge, the church with the most donations hosts a special fellowship, open to all members of the participating churches. The service and hospitality is co-ordinated by the congregation, which collected the least amount of food donations.
This year’s follow-up fellowship will be held 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Cambridge Baptist Church with Harbourville’s Rev. Mike Shreve officiating. A potluck supper will follow the service.