GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A group of eight local churches wants to make sure no one goes hungry this Easter.
The United Methodist Churches will come together once again to fill 1,000 boxes with enough food to feed a family of five. This year's Feeding The 5000 event takes place on Good Friday, April 14, 2017 at Muir's Chapel Church in Greensboro.
Every year we see thousands of people lining up early to get a box of food. It's a need church pastors and members are happy to meet.
"We are here to share God's love and to let people know they're loved," said Rev. Reginald Yourse.
Yourse, who is the Pastor at Collins Grove United Methodist Church in Greensboro says Feeding the 5000 is a biblical term where no one gets turned away and everyone eats.
"It gets its biblical meaning from Jesus Feeding the 5000, taking two fish and five loaves of bread to make sure no one left that place, that day hungry," said Yourse.
"Unfortunately, our area has a fairly high level of food insecurity where people don't know where their next meal is coming from," said Scott Thornhill, a member at Muir's Chapel UMC. "We decided as a church to reach out and do what we feel we're called to do and meet that need in anyway that we can."
The Feeding the 5000 event begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017. It's at Muir's Chapel UMC located at 314 Muir's Chapel Road in Greensboro. The church will give out boxes of food to the first 1,000 people in line.
Each box has beans, rice, fruit cocktail, green beans, two chickens and rolls. Volunteers ask you to please limit one box per family so they can help as many families as possible.
"We want folks to take away from this experience that the church is outside the walls. Our goals are to be disciples of Jesus Christ, to go out into the world and transform people," said Yourse.
The event is possible because of the Guilford West Missional Network. The network of churches include:
Hickory Grove UMC, Muir's Chapel UMC, Guilford College UMC, Raleigh's Crossroads UMC, Collins Grove UMC, Greensboro Korean, St. Timothy's UMC, Zion Hill UMC.