BMA is running short on funds

BELOIT – Even as community members and businesses have responded in recent months to fill the shelves at the Mitchell County Food Pantry, the Beloit Ministerial Alliance worries it will not be able to continue to meet the needs of families in crisis.

“Our cash reserves are dwindling rapidly,” says Cliff Heagy, chairman of the BMA.  “We are concerned we may have to discontinue some forms of emergency assistance until we are able to build our cash balance.”

Families can access the Food Pantry only two times each year.   Along with a bundle of meat and groceries, based on family size, recipients also receive vouchers to Ray’s Apple Market to purchase perishable items like milk, eggs, fruits and vegetable and meat.

In addition, the BMA considers emergency requests to provide limited assistance with utilities and rent.  Those amounts are paid directly to the utility company or landlord.

A heavy demand for both food and utility assistance this winter depleted the BMA’s cash reserves.

“Christmas is generally our biggest time of year for donations of cash and food,” Heagy said.  “The BMA has not done a formal fundraiser, beyond letting our congregations and the community know when we have needs.”

In 2017, the BMA provided food and utility assistance of   $56,665 but only received cash donations of $41,036, for a shortage of $15,629. 

As of March 21, 2018, the ministry had total cost 2018 year to date of $19,402 with donations of $7,830 for a shortage of $11,572.

Only residents of Mitchell County are provided assistance.

“If this trend continues, we will have to either stop or greatly reduce our level of services within the next two months,” Heagy said.

The Beloit Ministerial Alliance is made up of pastors from the First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Zion Lutheran Church, New Life Assembly of God Church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and First Presbyterian Church, with input and assistance from other churches, congregations and individuals in Mitchell and Jewell counties.

If you or your organization are prompted to help in some way, food donations or financial gifts can be taken to any local church. 

The Mitchell County Food Pantry at the old National Guard Armory at 12th and Walnut in Beloit, KS is open on each non-holiday Tuesday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am to distribute food to folks in need and also to receive food donations. 

Financial gifts can be mailed to Beloit Ministerial Association, PO Box 22, Beloit, KS 67420.  

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