Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A Midlands church is reaching beyond its walls to fight hunger in our own back yard.
Spring Valley Baptist Church will provide 60,000 meals to those in need in our community.
"This Saturday is gonna be an exciting time," said Brad Fleming, Meal Packaging Event Coordinator for the Church's hunger project. "In our multipurpose center you're gonna see 300 to 400 people coming together excited, full of energy,"
It will be a day four months in the making. The church has raised $15,000 and collected food items to generate thousands of meals that will go to fight hunger.
The church has held the project before, but this year's meals will stay right here in the Midlands.
"We're just burdened that there's hungry people in need within five miles of our church, people right here in our own community and so there's a burning desire of our congregation to help those folks right here around us, our neighbors, our friends," said Fleming.
The meals will go to God's Storehouse and InsideOut of South Carolina as well as the Kershaw Sacks of Love Ministry and Richland School District Two backpack programs, which send food home with student to keep them fed over the weekend.
Pastor Robert Winburn says it is a way for the church to move beyond its walls.
"We're to be doers of the word, not hearers only. So we want to be more than just the presence of a building we want to be in this community the presence of a congregation that's really wanting to make a difference," said Winburn.
This weekend, volunteers will assemble the meal packages made up of lentils, vegetables, and rice through the organization, Feeding Children Everywhere.
Fleming says it is a way to make a positive impact and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
"We think personal involvement actually invests yourself in a project. We can all write a check and donate and be done, but actually immersing yourself in an event, doing something tangible, I think what it really does, is it gives the satisfaction of actually doing something as opposed to being distanced from it," said Fleming.
If you would like to help, Spring Valley Baptist Church is still collecting donations of bottled water, canned chicken, canned tuna, canned fruit, canned vegetables, crackers, granola bars, baby food and formula, powdered milk and dry cereals, and peanut butter.
You can also make donations through the church's website here.