ABQ Bright Spot: New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church Coordinates Effort to Feed 31,000 People

Church will continue food give aways for seven more weeks

July 21, 2020

The New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church saw a need in Albuquerque and stepped in to get food to more than 31,000 people throughout the metro area, with more on the way. The church has hosted food giveaways since April and they have seven more weekly distributions scheduled.

“The faith community has really stepped up during the public health emergency and this effort led by the New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church to support some of the most vulnerable members of our community is another example of how much we can do for our City when we come together as One Albuquerque,” said Mayor Tim Keller.

Through a partnership with World Vision that began in June, an organization that seeks to address poverty and injustice, Bishop David Cooper with the New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church receives frozen meat and fresh fruit and vegetables from the U.S. Department of Agricultural once a week. Needing a place to unload the semi-trucks sometimes carrying nearly 35,000 pounds of food, Bishop Cooper formed a partnership with the City to use the Convention Center loading dock. Once unloaded, the food is distributed among several other churches in the area including Macedonia Baptist Church, Victory Outreach, New Beginnings Church, New Covenant Worship Center and Metro Church. Together, with volunteers from the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs and Duke City Gladiators and support from Sunwest Escrow, these groups deliver to organizations and apartment complexes, including senior apartments, and drive-through food give aways. So far, more than 278,000 pounds of food has been distributed.

“The Sunday prior to getting the call from World Vision, my service focused on Exodus 14 and 5, which says ‘and the Lord said unto Moses, tell the people I will rain down bread from heaven,’” said Bishop Cooper. “It was the answer I needed in the call to help food banks and people during these times.”

This initiative will provide food to those in need for the next several weeks, including low-income apartment complexes, centers that serve people experiencing homelessness, non-profit community organizations, and senior living apartments. New Hope Full Baptist Church has been feeding people who are underemployed, unemployed, poor and homeless, for over 30 years, including paying rent for the historic Ms. Dolly Kitchen and supporting Project Share, Albuquerque Rescue Mission, Joy Junction, Hope Center and more.

For more information on food giveaways, contact New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church during business hours at 505-881-7780.


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