Movement Mortgage Packs Over 70,000 Meals
What do a nonprofit with two full-time staff and a mortgage company with over 4,000 employees have in common? A desire to serve people and impact lives! We teamed up with Movement Mortgage to do just that – create service opportunities and feed hungry people.
Our Board Member Cindy Bush, Divisional Marketing Leader at Movement Mortgage, came to us with a grand vision of engaging Movement Mortgage employees and the real estate industry in serving a dozen communities through food packs. The plan was to have leaders in different Movement markets raise funds and volunteers to pack 15,000 – 20,000 meals… per market (community). That’s over 200,000 nutritious meals to those in need!
After much prayer and diligent planning, the first two packs of many were scheduled. On October 17, Inasmuch Executive Director Gene Whaley traveled to Louisiana, where he spent a few days completing a food pack in New Orleans and then in Shreveport. Over one hundred volunteers packed 30,000+ meals between those two events. “Absolutely awesome. Such a blessing to be surrounded by a company, community, and volunteers willing to serve in the name of the Lord,” said one volunteer. Another volunteer said, “Wow! There really are no words for how amazing, wholesome, and all-around fun today was!”
On November 14, Gene was in Florida for another two packs, one in the Tampa Bay Area and another in Fort Myers, packing 40,000 meals. “Days like this do several things like remind us how grateful we are for everything that we have and remind us how incredibly blessed we are,” a Fort Myers, Florida, volunteer said. The remaining 130,000 meals will be packed in 2024.
Food packing events offer a fun and easy way to serve others. Anyone can do it! We have had families with children as young as three and elderly in their 90s serving together. We’ve had a group in a recovery program for formally homeless people packing meals for Ukrainian refugees. We even had a blind woman serve at a food pack. The Movement Mortgage packs are no different. At the Fort Myers, FL, pack, a group of students from The Heights Center joined in on the packing of the meals. “The students had a wonderful time and were delighted to contribute to such a meaningful cause,” said Annie of The Heights Center. Cindy shared with us that several folk serving had never served before. “The Lord has shown me this week, this work is about more than providing food! It’s about connecting people to serve their communities.”
That’s why Operation Inasmuch exists. We equip and empower individual believers and churches to see the needs around them and act on those needs. We help to create opportunities for those new to serving to test the waters. We desire to see a revolution take place where compassion wins every time. All glory to God!
What would happen in your community if the local real estate industry took this approach to serving? Would you begin to see a radical change in the lives of those around you?