OGDEN -- "WANTED: The poor, the downtrodden and those with heavy burdens."
If C.L.U.B.B. Jesus were to put out a classified advertisement for its newly expanded food pantry, the above statement likely is how it would read.
Two weeks into becoming a weekly drop site for the Utah Food Bank, volunteers at the young church said they want to help as many people as they can. Their only problem, they say, is getting the word out.
C.L.U.B.B. Jesus stands for Christian Living United By the Blood of Jesus.
Giving away food three times a week is one way members say they want to personify their name.
"This is for all the families with no income or low income," said Angela Beatty, a volunteer with the project. "As a member of C.L.U.B.B. Jesus, it is my goal every day to reach out to people that are in need or just forgot about."
The church, at 3333 Grant Ave. in Ogden, is handing out boxes of food to all those who show up for the offering from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays; from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Each family that asks may receive up to two food boxes a month, organizers said. Families with four members or fewer get boxes with 40 pounds of food, while those with five or more get boxes of 55 to 60 pounds of food.
So far, there have been far fewer families asking for the donations than food church workers have stacked on their shelves. They are hoping to change that.
Beatty said she looks forward to helping the homeless, talking to single mothers or just putting a smile on people's faces.
"I feel like it is my job as a Christian to be a steward of good works and service to those in need," she said. "You would be amazed at what a box of food can really do for a person, or even just taking a few minutes to talk with them."
The church, which has operated in its current location and under its current name for about a year, has had a small food pantry for about six months, but it was a much smaller effort until it became connected to the Utah Food Bank.
"It takes a lot of pressure off," volunteer Vicki Washington, of North Ogden, said about the weekly drop now from the Utah Food Bank.
"Our goal is to help feed the community," she said. "I think this will do a lot of good for a lot of people."
Washington said it makes her happy to see the families come in and request assistance. "It's been great for the families," she said. "They really appreciate it when they leave."
Organizers also are working on getting hygiene packs for those who need the food.
Right now they are handing out hygiene packs from a box full of them, which they got for visiting a distribution site of Feed the Children. They said if they can team up with another church, they'll become a distribution site themselves for Feed the Children.
Last week, volunteers at the food pantry were visited by Jeanette Lopez, who is helping with a food bank at her church, Hope Resurrection, at 29th Street and Washington Boulevard.
Lopez said she was impressed with how their effort is growing.
"You feed their bellies and you can feed their souls," she told volunteers, referring to those they were helping. "We're here to share, because if you share it, it will come back double portions."
Lopez was there to report serving 326 people with boxes of food last Friday during her church's food distribution.
"This is our angel," Washington said of Lopez. "She taught us what we do know."
C.L.U.B.B. Jesus is the designated food provider through the 211 system for those who live in the area between 12th Street and 36th Street and Harrison Boulevard and Wall Avenue.
Those living in that area who call the 211 helpline will be referred to the church for help, organizers said.
But those who live outside of that area won't be turned away from the church's efforts, they said.
For information about the C.L.U.B.B. Jesus food pantry, text "pantry" to 90210 or visit clubbjesus.org.
Call Washington at 801-920-3236 or Beatty at 801-940-1064.