"If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday." Isaiah 58:10
In the fall of 2016, our city of Fayetteville, NC was devasted by Hurricane Matthew. The next “1,000-year flood” arrived with Hurricane Florence just two years later. Both natural disasters displaced thousands of individuals within North Carolina. At that time I founded a local food pantry called Angel’s Kitchen. It was then that my family and my team were called upon to accept the challenge of addressing the food crisis that families who had lost everything were facing.
In partnership with other disaster relief organizations my team and I took part and helped facilitate the distribution of 100,000 meals over the span of eight days during hurricane Matthew. Manna Church called on my team once again to help provide 3 meals a day to the over 300-person shelter that was functioning out of their facilities for a week during Hurricane Florence.
Throughout these high-stress events, one thing became very clear to me and my family - we were made for this.
In the midst of pain and confusion, we witnessed compassion and hope grow in both the hearts of the people we served and those who served alongside us.
This is why we started Noonday Kitchen, in order to specialize in these disasters in order to continue carrying the mantle of hope that we saw returned to people after receiving something as basic as a hot meal.