2016 is in the books. We topped 16,000 meals for the second straight year. Our tally turned out to be 16,256. In 2017, we’re aiming for 17,000 meals in Tulsa, Denver and Dallas. You’re invited to serve with us.
The people we meet desperately want more than a meal. Need proof? Read this letter we received. We love serving sack lunches, but we know it’s the message of hope we share that has the power to change a person’s life.
Filling the Void is a faith-based 501(c)(3) mobile ministry that feeds the homeless and needy. Most of what we do occurs outside in all weather conditions as we reach out to people in desperate situations. Psalm 146:7 says, “He stands up for those who are beaten down. He gives food to hungry people. The Lord sets prisoners free.” We’re a spark that helps people go from meals to miracles.
PB&J? No way! We never make food at home. There are rules and regs against that. Everything we serve is (1) prepared in a commercial kitchen at a restaurant or shelter and (2) non-perishable. The primary staple in our sacks is an Arby’s or Chick-Fil-A sandwich, accompanied by bottled water, chips, cookies and an all-natural fruit bar purchased in bulk at big-box retailers.
Our motivation comes from Matthew 9:36. It says, “When Jesus saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion.” We are too. But before you go gettin’ the wrong idea, non-discrimination is part of our DNA. We spelled it out as a matter of policy. No one has to do a thing to receive a sack lunch. (Special thanks to the Denver Rescue Mission for their front-door signage).