By FRANK LEWIS
PDT Staff Writer
The various offices of City of Portsmouth government collected food and personal hygiene items and on Monday presented those donations to the Potter’s House Ministries in the front foyer of the city building.
“We put up literature on a food drive for the Mayor’s office and the community to participate in,” said Jody Stanley of Potter’s House Ministries. “It’s called the Feinstein Challenge, and it just helps us to get more money back into the (food) pantry to buy food and to serve families in the community.”
A donation to the Feinstein Challenge campaign makes participants a partner in what is billed as the most successful, ongoing effort ever to fight hunger. From March 1 to April 30, any foods, funds or pledges donated in regards to the Feinstein Challenge will be matched — up to $1 million nationally. The program is conducted by philanthropist Alan Shaw Feinstein.
Stanley said the city employees collected 251 food items and 169 personal care items.
Potter’s House Ministries is a faith-based non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 status. All workers are volunteers.
“Our number one goal is to see people brought to a loving relationship with Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Ed Myers, president of the ministries. “We show people that Jesus Christ (the potter) can shape their lives into something wonderful if we will let him.”
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at email@example.com.