Yakima Food Bank Expands the Menu

October 01, 2008 | Nita Hinman

Not only is the Yakima Adventist Food Bank known for providing the best quality food, but they are also becoming known for the spiritual food they offer. Jim Wenzel, bank director, and his volunteers feed and clothe an average of 550 persons throughout the year.

In addition to these services, clients can pick up Christian books or other material free. This effort was spearheaded a few years ago by Paul Dressel, 88, one of Yakima Church's longtime members. His desire to do more than meet the physical needs of the Food Bank clients led him to ask church members to bring in their extra Bibles, Christian books, and literature, including old quarterlies and children's papers. As per Dressel's request, the church subscribes to Signs and El Centinela, which he offers as well.

Dressel's ministry, Not By Bread Alone, has expanded to offer weekly Bible studies with more than 40 people attending classes taught in Spanish by Blanca Zaniudlio from Three Angels Hispanic Church, and an average of 10 people attending one in English taught by Pastors Sharley, Kris Loewen, Campbell (who is retired), and Bill Hinman (a retired educator).

Each family is given a number so they won't lose their place in line, and while they wait, they have the option of attending a Bible study. As a result of the studies, there have been several Hispanic baptisms.