A pastor in South Carolina recently donated 125,000 pounds of potatoes, as well as additional food and drinks, to people in need in his surrounding community. He had received the potatoes — all 62 and a half tons of them — as a donation himself.
Dr. Malcolm Taylor, the pastor of New Light Beulah Baptist Church in Hopkins, South Carolina, uses his ministry to care for the local community by gathering and distributing food and drinks.
“I receive donations all the time from many companies across the U.S. willing to donate to the ministry I have. I’ve always gotten phone calls about potatoes, fruits or vegetables,” Taylor explained. “Last week, they called me and said they would like to donate some truckloads of potatoes if you would take them.”
Notice he said truckloads, as in plural. Taylor recently received thousands of potatoes from one company and began distributing them as quickly as possible. Additionally, the pastor donated 12 pallets of free soda to the community alongside the potatoes.
“He made sure each person in this community was aware he received these large donations, and he was willing to give them out,” Wanda Bostic, a local resident, said. “During the pandemic, Pastor Taylor has been so giving. His church has always been reaching out to the community to offer anything they have been blessed with.”
As unemployment levels grew throughout the pandemic, many families have turned to local shelters and food banks for supplies. Churches like New Light Beulah Baptist Church have been essential to local community members.
Taylor is still trying to give away thousands of potatoes, especially before they go bad. The South Carolina heat is causing some of the vegetables to rot. But Taylor plans to continue taking in supplies for the local community even as he is trying to distribute the donations.
“The church should be a place where you receive hope and be built back up,” said Taylor. “We shouldn’t be a place to take from folks but to also give to people.”