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Lamp and Light Ministries Incorporated

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kaylen C.


Rating: 5

I always feel really good about contributing to this cause. I know the food and items we give are going to be used right here in our own community and managed well. I also know people who have benefited at times when they needed these services. It is a wonderful group that brings together people from all over the community and serves our neighbors and friends in a loving, positive, and healthy way.



Rating: 5

Lamp & Light Ministries/Open Hands Food Pantry has been an important part of Anderson County outreach to those in need, as well as those who are blessed to volunteer and donate. David Montgomery has been an important asset to this ministry and he has the right heart and the right skills for this ministry. It's not easy, but the volunteers and donors have been integral in keeping this place running. They've helped so many families and individuals over the years. We highly recommend this nonprofit and will continue to support them throughout the years. ~ Arthur & Rebecca P.



Rating: 5

Open Hands is a great ministry run by wonderful people .Our community is so blessed to have it .I have donated some but need to do more .I want to try to volunteer but I am babysitting right now . Plan on helping out as much as I can . So thankful for all the volunteers .


Rating: 4

My church donates to the pantry and that is how I came to know about it. There are so many needy people in our community, a large number of them Senior Citizens that are having a difficult time trying to survive on Social Security. There are not a lot of resources in our small, fairly rural community and for many, Open Hands Food Pantry is the differnce between eating and not eating at all. Several churches in the area provide a free meal on one or two days a week which is a huge help,but the Pantry still has a hard time keeping their shelves stocked. The last time I went with a Sunday School class to help serve I was surprised by the number of people served meals that one night and by how scantily stocked their shelves were! I was overwjelmed by the need in my community!