There is a need in every community across this country to feed people. Food is something many of us simply take for granted. But for many others, they are left asking where their next meal is coming from. Our October Community Service Champion is someone who has worked tirelessly to help as many people as she can to eat.
"I started in the late 80s," said Aimee Brown.
A calling from Lois, the former director of the Floral Heights Methodist Church food pantry, to current director Aimee Brown.
"She said Aimee, I can't do this. It worries me that I'm not going to get enough food in here. Will you take this over? She said, all you have to do is order groceries," said Brown. " I look up every now and then and I say, Lois what did you say about ordering groceries?"
For more than 30-years Aimee Brown has watched the food pantry she runs grow from when it first started.
" We had probably three or four guys, and they had one room back here. They would go fill the sacks when the people came in. Ten was a big day for us to give out food," Brown said.
Now, it's 3,000 people a month. For Aimee, it's all about the need she sees three times a week.
"To see them here, it's a great thing to know that we can help them and have food for them. But, to know that they're in need and they're trying to decide whether to buy their medicine, whether to pay bills, whether they pay doctor bills or whatever it may be. This food helps them out, said Brown.
Aimee says she does not do this alone. She has 18 volunteers willing to do whatever is asked of them. Aimee said they are not only near and dear to her heart, but also her own age.
" Most of them are in the 70s and 80s. I have one 90 year old. He's 93. He's 90-young," says Brown.
" They always have a smile on their face. They may want to be at home and be in their recliner. But, they come. Because once you work in here, it gets up under your skin and you know there's a need for it."
The Church finances the pantry each year, along with outside donations. It's something Brown humbly said keeps the pantry alive.
"It's not me," Aimee said. " I'm only the director and try to hold things together. But, it's those people behind me and my church that helps us. It's all of us. You know, they say it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a church and volunteers to keep this food pantry going."
She is a remarkable woman. She told me the Church is working to get the food pantry, its own building across the street, so it can help even more people. That could happen as early as the beginning of next year. We will follow that for you.