During the COVID-19 pandemic, food banks have limited supplies. This is causing a strain on the Adventist Community Services centers that are continuing to serve and support families and individuals facing even more challenges due to this crisis.

The North American Division is committed to supporting the operations of ACS Food Pantry Ministries of local conferences within the NAD territories. As a result, NAD has invested $1.5 million and has awarded a grant of $25,000 to the Central States Conference for relief efforts. The five churches listed on the grant include Agape Church (University City, Missouri), Calvary Church (Davenport, Iowa), Palace of Peace Church (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Sharon Church (Omaha, Nebraska) and Linwood Boulevard Church (Kansas City, Missouri).

Central States Conference Community Services director Claval Hunter says his goal is to continue to make a difference where God plants him to experience God-sized dreams. “We appreciate this grant coming from our division. This shows their commitment to support the services of our local conferences,” says Hunter, who applied for the grant. “When you submit your God-sized plans to God, they will succeed.”

Hunter, who is the former pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Church in St. Louis, Missouri, has recently been appointed to pastor the South Bend Berean Church in Indiana. He lives on the campus of Andrews University with his wife, Christina, who is the dean of University Towers and director of Guest and Convention Services. They have three children.

ACS entities around our division continue to provide relief and meet the needs of their community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since volunteers are committed to continue serving, there is a greater need to protect them and keep them safe. ACS centers encounter additional costs related to safety items such as gloves, masks, wipes, paper towels, disinfectants and sanitizers.

If you would like to help keep our volunteers safe and protected, please consider contributing a benevolent gift so we can continue to fulfill our mission of serving communities in Christ’s name.