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Church, ministry fighting hunger
Team up for food pantry
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Forsyth County News

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For more information on how to help with the Act Together Ministries food pantry at The Vine Community Church, 4655 Bethelview Road, visit

A south Forsyth church has joined with an Alpharetta-based ministry to provide a food pantry.

The Vine Community Church on Bethelview Road and Act Together Ministries will provide food to families in need on three different nights through the end of the year.

Heather Clark with Act Together said the pantry will have food pick-up days at The Vine at 5 p.m. Oct. 4, and 3 p.m. Oct. 27 and Dec. 15.

“For now, our hours are limited until donations and volunteer power increase,” Clark said.

Mark Pugh, with The Vine, said the church wanted to work with Act Together because one of the church’s major focuses is “loving the community.”

“Our three loves that we focus on are loving God, loving each other and loving the community,” Pugh said. “We are a mission church, so one of our big focuses is not just for people to come to church on Sunday and learn and then go home and hang out.

“We really want to pour into the congregation, so the congregation can then go out into the community.”

Registration through Act Together’s Web site is required for families who wish to receive food through the pantry, Clark said.

“The food pantry is open to families caring for foster children and low-income families with young children,” she said.

Pugh said many families, even in affluent south Forsyth, struggle to meet basic needs for their children.

“It’s a little shocking for people to know all the different needs the county has right here beside you,” he said. “The needs for bread and food, some of those basic needs, I don’t think a lot of people understand.”

Act Together Ministries is a children’s charity that seeks to serve children in distress, specifically those in foster care, low-income families or single-parent households.

Programs and services are open to families throughout the north metro Atlanta area, specifically in north Fulton, Forsyth, Cobb, Cherokee and Gwinnett counties.

Pugh said anyone wishing to help with the food pantry or make donations, should contact Act Together Ministries, or join the congregation for a Sunday service at 9 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.

“I’d tell people to just come visit and bring some food,” he said. “We are also going to be having some food drives coming up over the next few months, so hopefully we can stock the pantry and open the doors more than once a month.”