How one man feeds body and spirit through volunteering in Marquette

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – Volunteers along with Feeding America West Michigan loaded dozens of cars full of fresh foods during a mobile food pantry in Marquette on Wednesday.

One of those volunteers was Gerry Evans. He said he goes by “The Deacon,” simply because he’s an ordained Deacon from New York City.

“I’m out here today because part of my ministry, the Deacon ministry is to help serve and share God’s love through volunteering and serving. We go to soup kitchens and things helping people wherever we can,” said Evans.

Evans has been in the U.P. since Thanksgiving 2020. Before that, he spent years traveling around the country, helping where help was needed.

“I was in Houston, Texas for three years before I came here. I went there right after Harvey. I did a lot of missionary work down there. I stayed there for like three years, then I was in New Orleans for two months after Hurricane Delta hit Lake Charles. I was doing some work there with the Red Cross too. Then a pastor friend I was down there with, told me about the Room at the Inn shelter. So I came up here to help them out,” added Evans.

Evans said COVID-19 brought on both a hunger for the food and also for the spirit.

“Being that there is a genuine need, especially with COVID and a lot of things going on. It’s not just the physical and the spiritual. And you know, if you talk to people, and just listen, you’ll get an understanding of what their needs are. Then you’re able to just be yourself you know. Sometimes all we need is someone to listen to us. Someone to give us hope. There is a better day, tomorrow will be better.”

To find a mobile food pantry near you or to learn more about Feeding America West Michigan, click here.

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