There is something really special happening in a small building in Columbia, Louisiana. In 2001, Jim McKeithen and his daughter opened a food pantry there, with the collaboration of many local pastors and church members. Today, with the help of 14 Baptist churches and countless donors, Caldwell Baptist House of Hope is able to feed about 150 families every month.
Jim and his wife Gaye’s belief in the work they do is obvious. “People come here in their time of need, and we’re able to be there for them holistically with food and other support,” said Jim, “There’s no reason for anyone in Caldwell Parish to go without food,” he continued. “As a person, as a Christian, that’s what I’m called to do, to meet those needs” said Jim.
After more than 15 years of running the food pantry, Jim has plenty of stories to share. One of his favorites is about a woman he calls Granny. “She was 91 years old, and the classic grandma with a grey bun.” Jim said, “Granny was salty as a piece of salt pork!” he added. Jim told us about how Granny was raising 3 great grandchildren in her 2 bedroom trailer, and surviving on a monthly income of just $530. After a visit to House of Hope, she was able to get signed up to receive monthly food boxes and SNAP benefits.
“Times are tough but it always seems like everything is provided,” said Jim, “Thank you to those who donate”.
You can help provide food to our neighbors in need by making a donation. Every $10 helps us provide 55 meals!