The Community of Faith Church seeks to satisfy the spiritual appetites of its 1,500 or so parishioners.
For the past six weeks, it also has been feeding those who are hungry.
Tonya Dixon of Community of Faith, a non-denominational Christian church at 1024 Pinemont Dr., said it began making weekday food distributions to children on March 23. She said the church visits nearby apartment complexes and feeds about 400 kids per day with the help of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a federally subsidized initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Starting this week, Dixon said Community of Faith is partnering with the Houston Food Bank to distribute food to community members of any age every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The church also is part of a region-wide initiative called the Inmate Family Adoption Project in which Houston-area churches work with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to provide food and other supplies to the children of inmates at the Harris County Jail.
“This is what we’re commissioned to do by Jesus Christ, to show love and bear the burdens of those who are in need,” Dixon said. “He’s the model.”
Dixon, the sister of Community of Faith’s senior pastor, Bishop James Dixon II, said the church will make its weekday food deliveries and Wednesday food distributions as long as there is a need. She said many children from low-income families typically receive meals at school, but all schools in Texas are closed for the year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The church has a kitchen where it prepares hot lunches and snacks that are distributed to residents of the Bayberry Apartments, Mirabella Apartments and Yale Village Apartments, among others. To help stock up for its Wednesday food distributions from its property, Community of Faith held a food drive last Friday and Saturday.
Tonya Dixon said both initiatives likely will continue throughout the summer.
“We’re just dealing with that’s going on with the pandemic,” she said. “Once this is over, we’ll assess the needs. That’s what drives us to do what we do is the need factor.”
James Dixon said during an April 28 news conference that the church’s involvement with the Inmate Family Adoption Project “really touches my heart.” Community of Faith is one of 12 churches taking part in the initiative, which according to Tonya Dixon helps feed about 500 children who in many cases are living with family friends or relatives who are not their parents.
She said the kids who benefit receive weekly deliveries of food and other goods.
“Bishop Dixon deserves so much appreciation for everything that he does year-round,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said during the April 28 news conference. “This is not a unique thing for him to do. He’s always stepping up and helping the community.”