The Voyage Church in Chandler is handing out boxes stuffed with breads, cereal and other nonperishable foods between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
The 2-year-old church, which started holding services in a Gilbert movie theater, moved to its current location at 670 N. Arizona Avenue in April, said Pastor Jeremy Harper.
The 125- to 150-member congregation had been looking for ways to serve its new community when someone slipped a note under the door, Harper said.
“It said there’s a lot of hunger in this neighborhood,” he said. “So we did research to find out how many kids in this area are going without food. There is no reason kids in our community should be going to bed hungry.”
The church that occupied the building before Voyage moved in had a food pantry, Harper said, so Voyage Church members decided to do the same.
Volunteers arranged to buy food in bulk from United Food Bank in Mesa, package it and hand it out to families in need every Saturday, Harper said.
Anybody can come to collect a food box without fear of being obligated to attend Sunday services, he said.
For more information, call (480) 707-1592.