Tanis Fox helps set Table of Grace for Lawrence, Beaver counties
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Tanis Fox of North Sewickley Township returns to her car Thursday morning with unsold baked goods from the Franklin Plaza Giant Eagle that will be distributed to the needy through her Table of Grace Feeding Ministry.
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2016 11:15 pm
By Louise Carroll For The Ledger
Feeding the hungry and homeless is the mission of the busy new Table of Grace Feeding Ministry, which is based in North Sewickley Township and serves Lawrence and Beaver counties.
Tanis Fox of North Sewickley began the ministry in 2015 and said she found a nearly endless list of needs across the area. She begins her day, every day, picking up donated food and delivering it to food banks for distribution.
Fox delivers to the Holy Redeemer Food Bank in Ellwood City, the Ellwood City Community Partnership and food banks in Franklin Township at Lillyville Church of God and the Church of the Nazarene.
Beyond the Ellwood City area, she delivers to the Portersville Food Bank, the Beaver Falls Salvation Army, two soup kitchens in Beaver Falls and the Crossroads Shelter for the homeless in the basement of Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Falls.
"The more I got involved, the more I saw how many people were hungry or homeless," she said. "I have been reaching out to churches to provide meals and donate cans of food, like ravioli, that have lids that can be popped open.”
She also has asked churches for donations of personal hygiene products, such as fruit snacks and protein bars.
Fox belongs to Park United Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, which supports her ministry.
"I've never been hungry,” Fox said. “I believe I do it because of my faith. My walk with God led me to do this."
The story of the ministry begins in 2014. Fox's daughter, Cassie, was studying for her master's degree at Chatham University. As part of her studies, she learned about hunger in the United States.
“Cassie told me that in our country, 40 percent of food is wasted and one out of six people goes hungry,” Fox said. “It was laid on my heart to do something. I wanted to be more involved in my church, and I wanted to see more of God's work.”
At about the same time, she heard that Giant Eagle at Franklin Plaza and Kimmel's Bakery in the Ellwood City regularly had baked goods that went unsold. She asked and the stores agreed to let her pick up the baked goods.
Fox said delivering the food has become part of her routine. Also the owner of Fox's Pet Grooming in North Sewickley, she has a busy schedule.
"I've met a lot of wonderful people through this ministry," she said.
The Table of Grace Feeding Ministry, under the direction of Tanis Fox, collects donated food to feed the hungry and homeless in the Ellwood City area and parts of Lawrence and Beaver counties.
It welcomes new volunteers and donations of food and money.
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