The New Destiny Christian Center is hosting a mobile food drop on Wednesday at 10:00 AM. Partnering with The Impact Church of Apopka, the two will be handing out approximately 40,000 pounds of non- perishable groceries. New Destiny is located at 505 East McCormick Road, in Apopka.
"New Destiny and The Impact Church both have a long history of serving our communities," notes Bishop Kelvin Cobaris, Pastor of the Impact Church. "It is Biblical and makes sense to have two like-hearted ministries combine to meet the massive needs caused by Hurricane Irma."
Second Harvest Food Bank will be sending a tractor trailer loaded with non-perishable food items early Wednesday morning to the church. Pastor Todd Lamphere of New Destiny loves the partnership with Second Harvest. "Every month, Second Harvest sends a tractor trailer loaded with food for us to give out." New Destiny gives out over 35,000 pounds of food every month to families in need. "When Mayor Kilsheimer tasked our two churches to help the hungry, my first call was to Second Harvest, and they quickly responded," Lamphere adds.
Although the churches don't know exactly what type of food they will get, they know it will be non-perishable foods. "Not knowing if those receiving the food have electricity, Second Harvest wanted us to distribute food they can store and use immediately," says Cobaris. According to Lamphere, the truck will most likely be loaded with MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat), canned goods, water and snacks.
"This will not be the last emergency food drop distribution we will do. Our ministries have committed to meeting the needs of those affected by Hurricane Irma, as long as it takes," states Lamphere.
Cobaris sees a lot of service being provided during the Hurricane Irma experience.
"So many churches, so many groups, so many people are stepping up in this time of need," he said on a Facebook Live broadcast. "The community sees the needs and are eager to help."
He went on to provide another opportunity to serve on Wednesday morning.
"We need volunteers at 9 AM tomorrow at New Destiny Church. We'll be serving until all the food is gone. But then later in the week there will be other opportunities as well. Stay tuned."
Over the weekend, the two churches also partnered to provide supplies at Apopka High School, which was the Hurricane Irma shelter. On their Facebook pages they wrote:
"When called upon by Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer to provide supplies to an overrun and depleted shelter at Apopka High School, New Destiny Christian Center sprang into action. Partnering with The Impact Church of Apopka, New Destiny provided water and snacks for over 400 displaced evacuees from Hurricane Irma. Noticing that many in the shelter were elderly sitting on hard bleachers and laying on the floor, New Destiny took the cushy sanctuary chairs and brought them to the shelter at the Apopka High School gym for some much needed comfort for the elderly. New Destiny loves to serve our community and loves it even more when partnering with like-hearted ministries like The Impact Church. Thank you, Pastor Todd and Bishop Kelvin Cobaris for leading this effort and all that you do!"