Willowbrook Community Church in FL plans to use school bus to collect 7,000 pounds of donated food

Throughout April, Willowbrook Community Church will be celebrating their new location at 840 South Lake Street in Forest Lake with a variety of events.

As part of the festivities, Willowbrook Church will be hosting a food drive at locations throughout the community this month, with a goal of collecting 7,000 pounds of food. The school bus will be stationed at events around Forest Lake to gather the food for the Family Pathways Food Shelf, 935 S. Lake St.

If they reach their goal, this would be the largest single donation ever received by the food shelf. A full schedule of dates and locations for the bus can be found online at www.willowsbrookchurch.org.

Approximately 600 people regularly attend Willowbrook, which has been serving the community for ten years. Pastor Brad Reis was quoted as saying he “could not be more excited to be in the heart of Forest Lake and is so excited to see what God has planned! ”

Willowbrook, which formerly held services at Forest Lake High School, welcomes people “just as they are” within the community, by providing a welcoming environment for people who do not feel comfortable in a traditional church setting.

Willowbrook has identified a great need for food assistance in the Forest Lake community through its ongoing partnership with Family Pathways and is motivated to spearhead a food drive campaign that exceeds any other local food drive in the non-profit organization’s history.

The church has previously organized an annual drive to provide Thanksgiving meals through the food shelf for local families in need.

The noble and lofty goal is to literally fill a school bus with food by Monday, April 30. Willowbrook Community Church estimates a full bus would result in about 7,000 pounds of food. Anyone is welcome to donate food for this effort.

The school bus will be parked at Cub Foods in Forest Lake this Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Next weekend, it will be located at Rainbow Foods from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

Last year, Family Pathways served 7,145 low-income needy individuals with donated food and personal items.

Kathy Wills, Manager of Family Pathways Food Shelf, reports that federal and state cuts, plus increasing needs of clients, are by far her greatest challenges. The Family Pathway Thrift Stores’ revenue subsidizes approximately 75 percent of the food shelf budget.

Willowbrook Church has identified increasing community needs and decreasing resources of the local food shelf and is proud to be taking action to address this pressing need.

If you are interested in more information regarding Willowbrook’s community food shelf drive please, call the church office at 651-982-6361.