Dear friends of First Fruit Ministries,
As we all cling to the Lord through this season, please do not be afraid. Have faith and walk in His authority. Read Matthew 10: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give;” walk in this! We are thankful that you are fellow ministers with Rick and I in the work we all do together. If there were an opportunity to share the love of God and show the power of His Spirit, this is it! Be strong and courageous as you do the work of the ministry, knowing that the Lord is your strength. Be wise and humble, but bold in your faith. Hard to do, I know, but you were created for this! We are serving a most vulnerable group of people who need our help now more than ever. We will not leave them hungry or without assistance. These are our people.
In accordance with the CDC and the WHO, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and volunteers. Our services are currently still operational with a few restrictions and are as follows:
- Front Office- The front office is open to walk-in visitors. FFM will continue to respond to telephone calls, emails and community requests. Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm.
- Food Pantry – The food pantry is open Wednesdays and Saturdays with the same hours of operation. The food pantry has moved to a “drive-thru” process until further notice to eliminate the need for individuals to congregate at our facility for long periods of time. (Wednesdays, 10 am – 2:00 pm, Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm.)
- Street Outreach: Sidewalks and Encampments – Both of these services will continue on their respective days. FFM is preparing all meals in to-go containers and delivering/handing them out at our normal outreach times. Wednesday and Sunday street meal will operate on a “to-go” basis and we will not congregate at tables downtown as we would traditionally do.
- Thursday Day Center – FFM is now open to all walk-in services in our Outreach Center (showers, laundry, medical, meals & evening worship service for clients).
- Thursday Worship Service – Our Thursday evening Worship Service has resumed starting at 3pm.
- Intakes for Transitional or Permanent Housing – As directed by the COC, all Coordinated Entry Assessments will be conducted by telephone. For Housing Intake: Call the Salvation Army at 910-444-8315 (Hotline available M/W/F only – 10AM – 4pm.)
- Volunteers – We welcome volunteers back with masks!
- In-Kind Donations – We are now accepting donations with scheduled drop-off. We are in need of men’s clothing (all sizes). We cannot accept furniture or large items without advanced approval from our front office.
- Financial Donations – Accepted! Please go to https://
firstfruitministries.org/ donate/ to donate.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of First Fruit Ministries! Please contact us at 910-794-9656 (Monday-Friday, 10 am – 5 pm) with any additional questions.
Please visit this link for a city-wide response to COVID-19 with more resources and contact information for Wilmington and New Hanover County.