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August 29, 2008
Oasis Food Center
"We've always looked for an avenue to help people. We've spent 20 something years here and the last 7 or 8 years we've finally decided this is what we can do and it was by direction of God. God told us to do it, and I believe where He guides, He provides," said Right.
What started out as small enterprise -- feeding around 20 to 30 families back in 2001 -- has multiplied immensely. Weekly they're serving 90 to 115 families food to take home and 50 to 100 people hot meals through their soup kitchen. And remarkably their church only has around 50 to 60 regular attendees.
"Just in three months we've increased about 25 to 50 percent, so I would say I have more food because we're taking care of more people, because if I was still having the same amount that I had at the beginning of summertime I wouldn't be able to feed the people," said Right.
With the help of the USDA, they also support the summer feeding program serving 5,500 kids everyday during the summer months throughout nine cities in Idaho. And now that school is back in session, they'll resume the Backpack Program, sending elementary students home with a back pack full of food every Friday.
"What it's doing is teaching children to be responsible, teaching children to come to school and also what it's doing is it's giving children that are part of the program a good healthy self esteem," said Right.
And with no end to poverty in sight, you'd think Right would be worried about keeping so many people in food. With a smile and a shrug, he says that's where the faith comes in.
"The bible teaches that when you give it will be given back to you, a good measure pressed down shaken together, and running over, and I believe that as we give to those people in need, then the God that I serve brings us food," said Right.
Coming up on Oct. 10 is the Hunger Summit, hosted by the Idaho Hunger and Relief Task Force. Right is encouraging the community to attend as well as other charity facilities in the community. He says they'll be discussing ways to battle Idaho's increasing poverty statistics as well as ways the government and community can help.