Every two weeks, families and others are helped by a program at Varnell United Methodist Church that seeks to feed those who are struggling or are in need of assistance.
At the heart of that ministry, said Senior Pastor Chris Branscomb, is a woman who has a “heart of service.”
“Ann Boyd chairs that up, and really that is completely her ministry,” said Branscomb. “She touches a lot of lives with her service and her generous spirit.”
Branscomb said the church’s food pantry ministry assists from 125 to 175 individuals every other week. Food boxes are distributed at the church, and if recipients can’t make it, Boyd will find a way to get the food into the hungry mouths.
“She does everything, and also is a great minister,” said Ann Kell, who is in charge of the church’s layperson counseling services called the Stephen Ministries. “She goes above and beyond what you would expect from someone. If they need food and they can’t come, she will take it to them. If they mention their washer is broken, she will find one for them. Whatever people need, she rounds up clothes or toys for the children and takes people to doctors appointments. She is a wonderful Christian volunteer.”
The food pantry program was started by Boyd.
“There is a lot of behind the scenes work to order food and have it delivered,” said church volunteer Kathye Farmer. “It is her heart that drives the whole program. It is more than just food. There is always someone to talk with if they need it, and she is a wealth of other resources if they need help in other areas.”
For her many efforts to help those in need, the Daily Citizen-News names Ann Boyd Citizen of the Week.