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Should Christians Use Food Pantry

Is it okay to struggle everyday and to use the food pantries when we need food?

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 ---dorena_smith on 5/3/05
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We all need a little help at one time or another, or in one way or another. I think that a Christian might also be more mindful of the help he or she is receiving and help give something back by volunteering. But, if that is not possible (small children or disability), they should not feel guilty so long as they have not put themselves in that position on purpose. Charity is one of the ways through which Christ comes to us.
---lorra8574 on 9/10/07

If you're struggling,it has to be ok.:)God loves the poor. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of no matter what some misguided person may say. You do what you need to to feed your family as long as it is is honest and a food pantry is honest. It is there by the Grace of God for YOU. Take and eat. Serve God in what way you can.:)
---jody_martin on 9/9/07

There is nothing wrong with accepting charity. There IS, however, something wrong in thinking you're "too good" to accept charity - that is pride, and can lead to a lot of other bad things.
---StrongAxe on 9/9/07

If you look in the book of Acts you will find they had people sell what they had to provide for the church members and the poor. Acts 4:34-35 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales 35 and lay them at the apostles' feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need. All New Testament churches should follow this example.
---denna7667 on 9/9/07

This is a very wonderful question,indeed. I am in the process of starting a food pantry in my church. The pantry will be for the members in the church and will also serve the community. The pantry is to help those who are in need. If you need to supplement your food budget,this is a great and godly way to do so. You can also apply for food stamps, if need be. Pantries are a great way to do the work of the Lord. I pray my church pantry will bless many. God bless you friend.
---Robyn on 9/9/07

God provides when we need him the most.He helped us with a food pantry & also with foodstamps when needed, but we try to help ourselves& when in need he covers us w/o any questions.
---candice on 9/3/07

I do not see anything wrong with asking for help when you are pantries are developed to help those in need and there are many times when God uses them to provide our needs...I have struggled in the past being a widow and still do at times and have had no choice but to ask for help...God said He would provide our needs and food constitutes a need so I wouldn't feel guilty or ashamed to use the food long as you are not abusing them they are there to help those who need help....
---Fran4857 on 3/25/07

Honey, who do you think invented food pantries to start with?

Jesus said in Matthew 25 that feeing the hungry would be something we'd be tested on at the Last Judgement.

But that also means, that if you need help, humble yourself and allow others to be blessed by helping you!
---Jack on 5/31/05

My church has a food closet for those in need in and out of the church. Our pastor has said that he would rather that if the members of the church are having trouble one month to make their bills, they go to the food closet and get some food so they can pay their bills on time and be a good witness to their creditors.
---Madison on 5/6/05

Pantry can mean as location in the house where provisions - food, dishes, table linens are stored. Sometimes it is even fancy.

Consider the ant and her ways -Proverbs 6:6-1l

18th, 19th and early 20th century cooks that did food preserving (canning and jammaking etc) needed food cellars - a room or enclosed space wholly or partly underground and usually beneath a building used for storage. A woman was regarded as prudent for keeping summer and fall vegetables and fruits for winter. Smoked meat added to the meal.

The modern freezer is added to the list.
---Barbara on 5/6/05

There is no shame in using the food pantry. In the new testament church, everyone pooled the resources and no one went without. Bless you.
---Julie on 5/5/05

Absolutely Dorena, that's what its for! Never feel regret or embarrassed to want your family fed! When you are not in need, you can donate to the pantry, or help keep it organized. God bless you and yours sister.
---NV_Barbara on 5/5/05

Of course! We as Christian brothers and sisters are to take care of one another when in need. That love then extends out to the non-believers too. For who would feed a stranger, and then let their brother starve? Obviously we are not to take advantage of one another's kindness. We all need to contribute one way or another, but if you are hungry, your brother needs to feed you, and vice versa.
---Katie on 5/4/05

Please remember that when you circumstances change to be generous with those who have been in your position.
---randy on 5/4/05

I am a volunteer at a food pantry. I see God's love and providence over all every day I work there. Ask and ye shall receive. I love doing God's work by making sure HIS flock is fed. No only do I volunteer at this food pantry, I am a client as well. There is nothing wrong *to me at least* with getting food at a food pantry if there is a need to do so. God provides for those in need.
---chante on 5/4/05 pantries (or banks) are set up for people who need them. I know there is some misuse of this service, so you may be thoroughly interviewed to determine eligibility, but don't struggle if the help is there. God bless.
---Ann5758 on 5/4/05

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Its ok to use food pantries if needed,i my-self has used food pantries, and getting food stamps. I lost my job due to a hurrican here in Florida.There was one time after the
hurricane that i went to a place where thay were giving out food&water,and i did not keep them for myself. I drove to the projects and gave food out for people in poverty.
---Alan on 5/4/05

remember the widows mite? If there had been a food pantry then, I am sure she would have used it. Being saved does not guarantee we have prosperity, no matter what the preachers on cbn preach.
---shira_5965 on 5/3/05

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