In a time when churches may not necessarily operate the way they usually do, two Crossett pastors joined together to find a way to reach out to the community and offer aid to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop Robert G. Rudolph Jr. and Pastor Henry Ridgell met to discuss ways they could help the community. Bishop is the pastor of Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ in Crossett, while Ridgell is the pastor of Sunlight Church of God in Christ in El Dorado.
“We know that a lot of people are struggling right now and we wanted to find a way to reach and out and really do something for those who are in need,” Rudolph said.
They decided to go with a food program, which is how they became involved with Farm to Families, which was a part of the Corona Virus Farm Assistance Program that was announced on April 17. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that through the program it would work with national, regional and local suppliers whose workforce had been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food services to purchase up to $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products to distribute to food banks, faith based organizations and other non-profit entities.
On June 4, the two hosted a drive-through pick up service at both Sunlight Church of God in El Dorado and at Davis Memorial Church in Crossett. They gave away approximately 400 boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables between the two locations.
Rudolph said they plan to distribute other food boxes in the future as well.