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Nonprofit begins work on cold food storage area

Meals by Grace helps feed hungry families

POSTED: October 10, 2013 12:23 a.m.
 

Leaders of a nonprofit that helps hungry families broke ground on a cold food storage area Saturday.

Steve and Suellen Daniels began the nonprofit, Meals by Grace, in late 2010 after they were helped by the community when both found themselves unemployed.

After getting back on their feet, the couple wanted to do something to return the generosity shown them.

So Suellen Daniels began preparing meals for families in need and delivering them on Sunday nights.

“The first week, I cooked by myself for a family of three,” she said. “The next week, we had three families, and the next week, we had five families and I started calling my friends for help.”

Over the years, Meals by Grace has grown and is providing food to nearly 30 families every week through its hot meal, home-delivery program that operates out of Grace Chapel Church of Christ on Majors Road.

There is also a program called Bags of Love, in which nonperishable food items are packed and sent home with students through public school social workers each week.

Suellen Daniels said the organization received a donation of several walk-in coolers and freezers some time back, but has not been able to put them to use because there’s no room for them.

“We’re hopeful to be able to install them soon,” Daniels said Saturday. “We’ve got the [building] permit and now we need the funds.”

With the addition of the cold food storage facility at the church, Meals by Grace will be able to help more families since the program would be able to use more perishable food donated from grocery stores and restaurants.

Wesley Bender, chairman of the organization’s board of directors, said that while permits have been issued for the structure, funds are still needed to be able to complete it.

“We have our regular annual campaign that we’ll be entering soon, just for our regular operating expenses, and then also a capital campaign to finish out the freezer project,” he said.

Bender said anyone wishing to help can drop off checks, made payable to Meals by Grace, at Grace Chapel Church, 6755 Majors Road, or contact the organization through its website, http://mealsbygrace.org.

Suellen Daniels said that while funding is still needed, Saturday’s ground breaking event was “the moment she had been waiting for.”

“It’s like the happily-ever-after moment when you know that all you’ve envisioned and all you’ve dreamed and all you’ve hoped for, come together and you get to share it with everybody,” she said.

 

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