Ed Lemons, Director of Blessed Table, has a contagious enthusiasm for his ministry that engulfs the listener. Both a Food Pantry and a Thrift Shop, Blessed Table provides faith-based hope for those in need.
"This is a place where people get food, are treated with respect, and no one goes away hungry," he said.
Examiner.com spoke with Mr. Lemons today about the ministry he founded in 2004 with the help of eight area United Methodist churches.
"Blessed Table is run entirely by volunteers. We're a non-profit that operates through donations. We've also added a thrift shop where people can get clothes for little to no money."
Serving over 3,000 families in 2009, the volunteers of Blessed Table do not discriminate regarding race, creed or religion. Those receiving food, hygiene items and clothing are referred to as clients. Clients must have a referral from one of several local, county or state agencies and organizations.
Bibles, devotional books, children's books and books of general interest are also welcome as donations and given for free to clients.
When asked how people can help Blessed Table, Mr. Lemons replied "Call and say you want to volunteer. People can stock shelves, pack boxes of food, and carry groceries out to cars for families. We also accept donations of clothing for the Thrift Shop. Blessed Table is open for donations and volunteer help from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Thrift Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m."
Call Blessed Table at 333-2266 or visit at 3015 E. Bessemer Avenue.