I have volunteered with this ministry for 8 or 9 years, and have watched it grow from feeding around 100 children a month to 900 children a month. Many don’t realize how important this ministry is. The children look forward to the food in their backpacks every week because they know it’s the only food they will have for the weekend. I remember one story about a boy who said the only food he had over a weekend was a pop tart until he started getting food from this ministry.
It is truly a blessing to work with Community Combined Ministries. The packings run like a finely oiled machine with sometimes over 200 volunteers working to get the job done. It gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling to know you’ve helped someone and to know a child won’t go hungry because you helped to do something about it.
God gave the vision, his direction has been followed to the letter, and he just keeps helping us be his hands and feet.
I first met the creator of Community Combined Ministries, Diana Wall, back in 2010 during an event for needy children of our county. School supplies, clothing, shoes, and food were given out freely. Later I discovered she had a feeding ministry for school children.
In this great nation of ours, it was hard for me to believe that we had so many children who were not being fed at home on the weekends. When I began to volunteer with this ministry and heard some of the sad stories about the children, my heart was saddened. Every year the number of children that are fed by CCM/Kidz Power Pacs continues to increase. I've seen the numbers grow from around 400 to nearly a 1,000 in the last seven years. The school teachers have seen what a difference it makes in the children as far as their alertness and ability to learn. How can you learn or pay attention when you're hungry? I remember the story of one child who had nothing to eat over the weekend but a pop tart. How nourishing is that?
Food that can easily be prepared by children is packed into the participating child's backpack by school staff every week. CCM does not keep tabs on the identification of the students. They are selected by the schools teachers who can tell when a child's learning experience is hampered by hunger.
God gave Diana a vision for this ministry and she has done everything He has asked her to do. Every packing is organized and runs like clockwork. It's amazing to see how over 100 volunteers of all ages come together for one purpose.
I have been blessed to help with this ministry and anyone who has come to a packing will tell you the same thing.
I have been with this nonprofit since 2010. From the very first moment I walked into the door, I knew that I had walked into something rare and spectacular! The primary purpose of the ministry is to meet the after school and weekend food needs for children in Berkeley County and Jefferson County WV. Secondary is getting the community united and serving together to help our fellow man find hope and care for one another. I have first hand seen the self sacrificial love and dedication of more people than I can count thru this ministry. I have served at most functions and met some of families who benefit from this ministry. Each family leaves a mark on your heart. Their need is real and their gratitude opens our eyes and humbles us all. Fontaine from Les Miserable sings a song that states this "to love another person is to see the face of God." I see that here, with these people. The people who serve in this ministry truly understand the needs of the people whom they serve . They can look them in the eye and most can say "I have been where you are." Having that grounded connection with people also opens the door to those a little afraid of seeking help. Another spectacular account is the continued gathering of so many people from so many different churches and organizations meeting and unified in this common fundamental need. Again....it is incredibly humbling to serve and to witness and interact with some of the most genuine souls on this earth. I love this ministry with my whole heart and believe in its purpose and success. I love the people that I serve with and even tho I don't get to interact an enormous amount with the people we serve, I love each of them as well...whether or not I ever meet them face to face. They each are carried in our hearts . Come see what all the fuss is about! We would love to have you there and serve with you!
I am a volunteer with this program, but it has blessed me more than I could ever bless those who need assistance its ministries. The leaders have dedicated their lives to helping those in need, even when their own lives have been difficult. While feeding children is a focus, there is a genuine desire by those involved to improve overall well-being and provide a dose of happiness.
Myself, and my two girls have been volunteering with CCM/KPP for 7 years now. In the last two years my 3-1/2 year old grandson has joined in with the volunteering! This organization has BLESSED us as well as our helping hands have BLESSED others! We also are a part of the King Foods Ministry, which has been a real treat each month for us! We have ordered every box once, and we hope to keep ordering throughout this ministry. The main experience we have encountered is the Love, kindness, and compassion that lies within each individual heart that volunteers, therefore UNITING us ALL as God's big family! We are BLESSED to share with everyone in this ministry, and my girls, my grandson, and myself will continue to give back to this community and to the ministry as long as we can!
This is a wonderful charity to work with! Feeding kids at risk allows these kids to feel loved and cared for. And working with these amazing and dedicated people is a joy!
This charity provides a wonderful much needed service to the children in our local neighborhood community and surrounding communities.
Serving side-by-side with so many wonderful people is truly amazing. I love the community we live in and also serve. Under the CCM umbrella is Kidz Power Pacs, a weekend feeding ministry, and King Foods, discount food ministry. KPP is not a "program", but a "ministry. Being His hands and feet is an honor. We serve 900+ children in Berkeley & Jefferson Counties, WV. We also host several events during the year where we get to spend time with our KPP families and community. These are truly special. I love being a part of every aspect. - Bec F.
Community Combined Ministries makes a big difference in the lives of hungry children in our area. I know that many of the children they provide weekend food for would be hungry if not for their efforts. They also provide access to discount grocery boxes for families-- a greatly needed service in our area!!!
My very first experience with Community Combined Ministries (CCM) was Community Day in the Park a few years ago. I was overwhelmed with all of the free food and resources being given to the community by this ministry. I remember when my family started volunteering with CCM at Eagle School Intermediate; I was amazed there were over a hundred volunteers helping out. Before we began, everyone made a large circle, joined hands and prayed over the food that was going to be distributed to the children in need. The worship band played and the Lord's presence filled the room! I was amazed by the amount of food in one room, thinking it must have costed thousands of dollars, and learned this would feed nearly a thousand children every weekend and during holiday breaks right here in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties! Wow! Everyone, young and old, did a little, but made a BIG difference as they worked together! The bags were packed, counted and would soon be delivered to the children's schools. It was not long before I realized I wanted to be a part of this wonderful ministry so I became a board member. I feel blessed to work alongside such a dedicated team of individuals.
The President and founder of CCM, Diana Wall, was given the vision of CCM by God in 2007. I was surprised to learn that Diana had to stop working as the ministry started growing and more time was needed to devote to it. Diana sacrificially gives of her time, talents and treasures to this awesome ministry and she is a fearless leader! CCM is celebrating 10 years in ministry! To God be the honor and glory! I pray God will continue to bless this special ministry and you will consider joining our CCM family!