Butler’s Covenant Food Cupboard officially said goodbye last night with a farewell banquet.
Four for God musical group sang for the group of volunteers, with at one point attendees joining in on Amazing Grace.
Covenant Food Cupboard was started 40 years ago, in 1977, serving six families in need with food.
After Pullman Standard closed in 1982, the need grew. At it’s peak, the effort was serving up to 250 families. Records show in 2005 the number of families that went to Covenant started to decline and have done so ever since. In the first few months of 2017, only 59 families were served.
The decision to close the community food cupboard in downtown Butler on June 1, 2017 also involved the aging volunteers and the fact that no one new wanted to help the church.