EVERYONE IS WELCOME. EVERYONE IS VALUED. EVERYONE IS FED.

 

EVERYONE IS WELCOME. EVERYONE IS VALUED. EVERYONE IS FED.

THE GIFT OF MALACHI’S

One Malachi’s Christmas, I brought my 14 year old nephew to help out, as I thought he would enjoy serving and participating in my favorite annual event, the Toy Party. Unfortunately, a huge teenager attitude-chip developed from his privileged life, and we had strong words – which he’d never experienced from his Aunt Barbara. So I left him to sulk. At some point he helped a young boy, smiling ear to ear, find a bicycle. My nephew carried it out to his family’s car and from then on, he was hooked. Later when we got in the car to go home, my nephew was eerily silent for several miles – then he spoke quietly. “So that boy can’t just pick up the phone and order a pizza?”

BARBARA STAFFORD

AS THE DOORS CLOSE

Some of Malachi’s volunteers not only need food, but work to fulfill court-ordered community service. One winter evening, after Malachi’s had closed, three such volunteers were waiting outside for their ride with their grocery bags from Malachi’s. From the darkness, they hear an out-of-breath man exclaim, “Oh no, they are closed”. Three young families hurry up with him to the door of Malachi’s. “We walked here, and it took us longer than we thought”, he explained sadly to the three ladies waiting. “They’ve already locked up, and everyone is gone; but, here, take my groceries”, insisted one of the women waiting in the cold for her ride. “Of course”, chimed in the other two women as they gave the other families their food.

MARY LOUISE WILSON

FEED MY SHEEP

Such a nice idea, to help feed people who are hungry. Surely God would be pleased with me if I got involved with that. Didn’t Jesus say, “Feed my Sheep”? Also, a person like me who likes to cook, what would feel better than nurturing people around a table? It all made me feel so benevolent, useful and gracious. These were my thoughts and feelings when I first thought about getting involved with Malachi’s Storehouse, many years ago. Actually, I am the one who is nurtured, taught and fed. God’s presence is there in a strong and palpable way.  The giving and receiving is a constant-flowing stream, and I get really thirsty if I’m not there for a while.

BONNIE DYKES

GIFT OF MALACHI’S

One Malachi’s Christmas, I brought my 14 year old nephew to help out, as I thought he would enjoy serving and participating in my favorite annual event, the Toy Party. Unfortunately, a huge teenager attitude-chip developed from his privileged life, and we had strong words – which he’d never experienced from his Aunt Barbara. So I left him to sulk. At some point he helped a young boy, smiling ear to ear, find a bicycle. My nephew carried it out to his family’s car and from then on, he was hooked. Later when we got in the car to go home, my nephew was eerily silent for several miles – then he spoke quietly. “So that boy can’t just pick up the phone and order a pizza?”

BARBARA STAFFORD

AS THE DOORS CLOSE

Some of Malachi’s volunteers not only need food, but work to fulfill court-ordered community service. One winter evening, after Malachi’s had closed, three such volunteers were waiting outside for their ride with their grocery bags from Malachi’s. From the darkness, they hear an out-of-breath man exclaim, “Oh no, they are closed”. Three young families hurry up with him to the door of Malachi’s. “We walked here, and it took us longer than we thought”, he explained sadly to the three ladies waiting. “They’ve already locked up, and everyone is gone; but, here, take my groceries”, insisted one of the women waiting in the cold for her ride. “Of course”, chimed in the other two women as they gave the other families their food.

MARY LOUISE WILSON

FEED MY SHEEP

Such a nice idea, to help feed people who are hungry. Surely God would be pleased with me if I got involved with that. Didn’t Jesus say, “Feed my Sheep”? Also, a person like me who likes to cook, what would feel better than nurturing people around a table? It all made me feel so benevolent, useful and gracious. These were my thoughts and feelings when I first thought about getting involved with Malachi’s Storehouse, many years ago. Actually, I am the one who is nurtured, taught and fed. God’s presence is there in a strong and palpable way.  The giving and receiving is a constant-flowing stream, and I get really thirsty if I’m not there for a while.

BONNIE DYKES

OUR STORY

For 25 years, Malachi’s has faithfully served seniors, children, parents, singles, and homeless people of all ages with dignity and respect for each individual, with no matter to what life experience brought them to us. Started in 1991, Malachi’s has grown organically over the years by following God’s lead in serving others. We hope to continue our mission of nourishing both body and spirit, while honoring the dignity of every human being around the giving and receiving of food. We invite you to join us on our journey of radical hospitality!

In the Beginning. Fr. Gray Temple, rector of St. Patrick’s, was known for his generosity in giving money to anyone who needed it. Thus, a group was formed by Anita Beaty, Director of Task Force for the Homeless and St. Patrick’s parishioner, to survey, evaluate, and respond to the frequent requests for assistance made by people in need from the surrounding community. Sprung from this desire to help others, Malachi’s Storehouse was born. The name, Malachi’s Storehouse, is credited to parishioner Kitty Dahlberg, based on the Bible passage from Malachi 3:10. (Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it). This Bible verse has proven to be prophetic – God has always provided enough for Malachi’s.

Early Years. Malachi’s main purpose has always been to provide food to anyone who needs it. Malachi’s client base began small, with about 20 to 30 families coming for groceries on a Wednesday. In the beginning, the food for distribution was primarily donated by Kroger and St. Pat’s parishioners, who would collect canned goods for the pantry.

Our First Partnership. Malachi’s became a partner agency of the Atlanta Community Food Bank in mid ‘90’s. This partnership gave Malachi’s access to more food. Our volunteers would drive to downtown Atlanta once a week to shop for food, load their cars, drive back to Malachi’s and unload it. This process continued for 10 years or so. As our client base grew and the amount of food we needed doubled, the Atlanta Community Food Bank began delivering our orders every week to the great relief of our volunteers. Today we receive about 3 pallets of food from the ACFB every Tuesday, where a team of 10 volunteers unloads and stores the food.

Introduction of Market Style. For about 20 years, Malachi’s method of food distribution depended on volunteers pre-packing grocery bags with standard items such as pasta and sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, and beans and rice. Every week, teams of packers would gather before Wednesday and pack 100+ sacks of groceries in preparation for distribution. This method required many volunteer hours and much storage space. In 2012, Board Member Irma Barajas had the inspiring idea to allow clients to choose their own foods. She had observed clients bringing back the cans of food from the pre-packed bags that they weren’t using. Irma’s thinking was that the Market Style/Client Choice model would be more a more dignified experience for the clients concerned and save on food waste, as the clients would only take food that they wanted. The Malachi’s Board was excited about this idea and went to work on the logistics. We continue to serve using the client choice model and it has been pivotal to the community building that has taken place at Malachi’s.

Adding Programs As We Grow. Several programs have been birthed at Malachi’s because of simple ideas, acts of kindness and blessed opportunities, and have become part of our weekly activities or beloved annual events.

• Our Annual Toy Party, which currently provides 600 toys to our client’s children at Christmas, began many years ago with St. Patrick’s parishioners ‘adopting’ a Malachi’s child to buy gifts for. In 2007, Malachi’s became a beneficiary of the charitable organization ‘For The Kid’ who collected and donated a large amount of toys to Malachi’s children. Since then, the number of toys Malachi’s collects and donates has doubled thanks to our numerous toy partners, including For The Kid. Learn more about the Toy Party.

• Our Backpack Event provides more than 250 stocked backpacks to children at the start of school. In 2008, ‘For the Kid’ gave Malachi’s a large number of stocked backpacks for our client’s children to take back to school. Malachi’s partners and friends, Kingswood United Methodist Church and St. Patrick’s parishioners, have added to that number over the years. Learn more about Backpacks. 

• Our Hunger Walk participation began as a result of our partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Malachi’s participates in the Annual Hunger Walk/Run, which serves as the fundraiser for the ACFB. Malachi’s friends and volunteers raise money to support the Food Bank each March. Learn more.

• The Malachi’s Reads program began when a few of our volunteers, who were retired school teachers, felt called to provide books and reading time to our client’s children. The goal of the program has been to give a child a book to take home with them while also providing the space and time to read while parents shop for groceries. Over the years Malachi’s Reads has provided books to hundreds of young children.

• Organic Garden. The Garden of Eatin’ is a part of Malachi’s Storehouse and is located outside the church. In 2010, a group of enthusiastic gardeners from the Dunwoody Community Garden at Brook Run Park organized materials and labor and built raised garden beds for Malachi’s. The garden has grown in size since and has been lovingly tended by many volunteers over the years. This garden provides organic produce to the clients of Malachi’s Storehouse. Our garden volunteers and Malachi clients gather to plant, harvest, learn, and grow together every Wednesday afternoon at St. Patrick’s.

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