One week ago Thursday they could not deliver many of the 120 meal orders that hungry and underprivileged townsfolk were waiting for. The same thing happened again Friday, as they found themselves understaffed.
But were they really?
The warehouse that stored the food had plenty of workers willing to help, and they even had people volunteer from the community, so why did Mr Bensemann feel he was understaffed?
Because they weren't Christians.
"I know it sounds really, really stupid, but you've got to understand how we're set up"
They have a policy against non-Christians delivering the food because the aim is to increase church involvement, and having non-religious people deliver the food "defeats the purpose".
It defeats the purpose? I thought the purpose was to feed the needy.
Apparently if the church doesn't benefit, it is OK to let people starve.
So regardless of the fact that many of his needy speak openly about how they are forced to pray before they are allowed to accept the food, or how other charities accuse "0800 Hungry Food Bank" of hogging all the food resources, this food sits in the warehouse.
Piling up until someone more pious can deliver it.
If you think that the idea of running a food bank just to proselytize to people who are too desperate to say no distasteful, then you are not alone.
How does he justify letting people go hungry while willing people are volunteering to help deliver it?
"It's like sending someone who plays ping-pong out to play for the All Blacks (New Zealand Rugby team)."
Because I thought it was more like giving much needed food to the hungry. I don't think that the hungry care about whose hands are kind enough to hand it to them.
Kerry does though.
And until his Church gets more involved, nothing else matters.
Not the food that is sitting in his warehouse, not any higher moral purpose or charitable action, and most certainly not the hungry people who call in day after day for help that he promises to give them.
In the 0800 Hungry Food Bank, the needy take a backseat to church membership.
You are right Mr Bensemann, it DOES sound stupid.
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