Tallahassee, Florida- July 24, 2012
For more than a decade, a local woman has made it her mission to feed people in need. Every Tuesday, a group of volunteers gives a helping hand to hundreds of Tallahassee residents.
For the past 12 years, Barbara Henry has been the heart and soul of a food outreach ministry in south Tallahassee. At first she did it with her church, now along with donations from Second Harvest of the Big Bend, she's invested thousands of dollars of her own money and her time.
Says Barbara Henry of Food Outreach Ministries: "I do it because I care about people and I hate to see people hungry.
Every Tuesday, people like Irene Kent line up in the morning to get food. With multiple health issues, she's hoping to qualify for social security disability, but hasn't heard yet.
Says Irene Kent: "I have no income coming in and this is the first time in 31 years I've been unemployed. And I'm just glad these people are here to help."
Today, the food is handed out at the Walker-Ford Community Center. It includes chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, lima beans, pinto beans, eggs, orange juice, turnip roots, bread and even some treats like cakes, pies and cookies. Twenty volunteers make it happen.
Says Ledell Todd, one local man: "I love them all, yes I do and they love me too. Makes a big difference for you? Yes it does. It's good to have somebody that cares."
Says David Hays, another man who has joined the group for the Tuesday meals: "They're doing a good thing...and you should appreciate it. If it weren't for these people, I'd be hungry."
If you'd like to help the food ministry, you can reach Barbara Henry at 544-5233 or 544-4593. The Leon County Health Department's "Foundation of Hope" program also provides free health screenings for people waiting in line for food.
Says Barbara Henry: "When I know I have helped someone you know not go to bed hungry, especially kids and elder people, I feel good about it, because I know I'm helping people."