EAST MARLBOROUGH—What is a church to do when gifted with more than 21,000 tortillas?

How about, distribute the much appreciated food to the hungry and give to other non-profit organizations, too?

Willowdale Chapel in East Marlborough feeds the community on a monthly basis through the Hands of Hope program. Mid-November, 70 volunteers gave out 40,000 pounds of food to 400 families. And the church literally passes out tons of food out on a monthly basis.

The multi-generational, and multi- cultural volunteers, a mix of teenagers to seniors, work together to feed the needy.

“Sharing love with others is a great opportunity to connect with the community,” Gustavo Castaneda, outreach pastor, said during a phone interview.

Castaneda said that Jesus was often surrounded by food, while sharing meals.

“When you bring some food to families they are participating in an experience to be together,” Castaneda said. “We like to see the community together.”

Lisa Baez Colon, business office manager at the church, said that with many contributing, the program continues to grow.

Bread, cereal, canned food, pasta, boxes from the USDA, with fresh foods, including milk and produce--and those tortillas--are all donated.

The church follows CDC guidelines when giving out food monthly.

This Saturday, as it has for several years, the church will gift more than 100 Christmas trees for families in need.

“For those who don’t have enough money for a fresh tree, this gives life,” Castaneda said. “We want to connect with families for the entire year.

“We look for opportunities to serve and engage with the community.

The trees are only available in advance through agencies and through a partnership with the church.

To help support the food program, send gift cards or checks to Willowdale Chapel, 685 Unionville Rd., Suite 3, Kennett Square PA 19348 or go to www.willowdalechapel.org

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