May flowers can be likened to whispers of Christ. They are abundant; all you have to do is look for them.

Inside the pantry, one can feel and witness the whispers of Christ. Examples are abundant...if you look for them.  Whispers are exemplified in smiles, words of greeting, and conversations between and among guests and volunteers. Beginning with early morning greeters and throughout the day, volunteers welcome pantry guests and also gift them with sacks of groceries provided by all who support the pantry.  Whispers of Christ flower throughout the mission of Second Street Pantry. 

Today’s insider story focuses on a special teenage volunteer who regularly volunteers in the pantry by helping to hand out sacks of groceries.  Jayci is a special whisperer of Christ to pantry guests who are without homes.  She ministers to our homeless guests in a very special way. She makes each one a personalized sack containing foods and care goods that she’s aware they need or would like to have. Jayci, by her actions, is whispering Christ to our homeless guests.  Whispering that they are loved...Whispering that they are special.

Easter April 2019. What better time would there be to inform you of SSPM food re-purposing endeavors?

As you may know, Tuesday Night Dinners are provided free of charge to our pantry clients, and the meals are planned by our kitchen guru, Lisa Stell, and her team of kitchen wizards.  To offer a wholesome dining experience, Lisa procurers the majority of the food from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Food Bank (NWARFB), Seeds that Feed, and Cobblestone Foods. In the warm months, the fresh produce makes a huge, healthy impact on meal planning and outcome. This winter, re-purposing became even broader as Seeds that Feed picked up rescued restaurant foods and delivered them to SSPM where they became a tasty enhancement to meals (think soups, soup bases and vegetable bases).

Taking the re-purposing one step further, Lisa, working with SSPM volunteer Amber Harris, is now using a tote instead of a garbage bag to dispose of the Tuesday Night Dinner wastes. Vegetable, fruit and other food wastes are now "toted away" by Amber for her chickens. Those specially bred chickens produce large, beautifully colored eggs. Please see the photo of the kinds of eggs Amber’s chickens produce. In exchange for what Lisa would otherwise throw away, she now receives a couple of dozen eggs each week from those special fed chickens!

Re-purposing foods...NWARFB...Seeds that Feed... chicken and eggs...creative people....resurrecting foods!