What is Open Hand?
Firstly, Open Hand is a ministry serving the Body of Christ by giving food, comforat, and support during difficult times-reminding them of the great love God has for them. Secondly, Open Hand serves those in need within the community. Volunteers serve with Christ's love and build relationships where the love, salvation, and provision of the Biblical Jesus can be clearly seen. Our sole purpose is to please God by creaing an atmosphere where relationships can be built, needs are met, and those coming for food feel the love of Christ when they walk through the door. We do this through providing food.
When and where do we distribute?
Food is distributed for 3 hours on both the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. Hours are from 10 am to 1 pm; the doors close at 12:45 pm. Christian Heritage School 5120 s 1050 w Riverdate, UT 84405
What does it cost to run Open Hand?
Depending on the time of year, an average month can be between $8,000 and $20,000+. If a family chose every item offered (which is usually the case), the cost of food per family for 1 week is approximately $32.00 (this will vary slightly depending on sales and price fluctuations). *We do not get the food from the Utah food bank or the government. Open Hand purchases the food locally and depends solely upon God to provide, and He always does. This is an expensive ministry (in our human eyes), but we have never been left wanting. Ever. He is a loving, awesome provider for all to see!
How many people are served?
Depending on the time of year, an average Saturday could see between 150 and 250 families come through for food in a 3 hour period. A typical Saturday could bring as many as 1000 people needing food and other help- all needing to see (or be reminded of) Christ’s love and provision.
What does a volunteer day look like?
A typical distribution day will start with volunteers arriving to set up at 8:30 am, devotion and communion at 9, with doors opening to the public at 10. Around 12:45 we start cleaning (as able depending on how busy we are) and are usually through with clean up and have left by 1:30 pm. Food pallet unloading (to restock) is generally done on the Friday evening between the 2 monthly distributions and takes about 2 hours. For those inclined to, pallet unloading is followed by corporate prayer time where we pray for those that come to Open Hand and for the ministry. Even with prayer time, the evening is usually complete by 9 pm.
Who does Open Hand serve?
Open Hand serves the working poor and those on fixed incomes-we are not equipped to handle the homeless.
How can I help?
There are dozens of different jobs to do and we need your help! "Behind the scene" jobs include: stocking, packing, and sacking groceries. Other jobs are more relational and you will need to sign our Statement of Faith; just hanging out and socializing, signing people in at the computers, helping with cookies and coffee, working with children, hauling food to the cars, etc. All volunteers must go through a short orientation on the same day and time of distribution. You can also donate food, we accept:
- Top Ramen
- Pinto Beans
- Corn Flakes, Cheerios, etc.
- Pancake Mix
- Peanut Butter
- Tuna Fish
- Tuna Pasta
- Green Beans
- Mac and Cheese
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Spaghetti Noodles
- Chicken Noodle or Rice Soup
- Turkey Franks
- Corn Muffin Mix
- Go to www.missionfish.org
- In the center of the page is "Find participating non-profits"
- Type in "Open Hand Ministry" and press "go"
- Open Hand Ministry will come up. Click on the "View" button about two-thirds of the way down the page in the gray area. Here you will find a brief description of what Open Hand does.
- On this page you can donate directly to Open Hand through PayPal, or you can elect to contribute to Open Hand whenever you buy or sell anything on eBay. You can do this as often as you want. *Federal employees, in the future look for the ability to donate through CFC.
What does Open Hand require from those seeking assistance?
- Valid picture I.D.
- A separate, other than driver's license, proof of address, a recent letter or bill
- Food cannot be given to more than one person from the same address, if you have a large family just tell us and we will accomodate
- You must come in person for food. There are no exceptions.