Partners in Health and Wholeness and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation partnered together to offer twenty churches Healthy Eating Equipment Grants. These churches received up to $5,000 to buy equipment that will help them provide healthy food options within their places of worship.
Church of God of Prophecy of Morven and St. James Baptist in Greensboro, offered letters from individuals about how this equipment has fostered a healthier worship environment.
A 13-year-old church member from Morven wrote, “I am so appreciative and hope that this program will not only benefit our church but also help other local churches. May God bless and keep you all.”
Elandras King, the clerk/treasurer for Church of God of Prophecy wrote, “It is my pleasure to express my appreciation of the upgrading of the Church of God of Prophecy’s Children’s Ministry. Adding the commercial appliances has improved the function of the kitchen area which in turn has given us the ability to perform more efficiently.”
These equipment grants are now ending their year long intensive projects that were aimed to increase access to healthy local foods. PHW will be sharing some of the final reporting as success stories. The most positive change is the deeper conviction of pursuing healthy habits as a mission of faith.
Let our hearts echos what Ephesians 1:6 says, “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,” for our collective efforts around health and faith.