Richmond Church Helps Local Needy With ‘Free Market’

By Kyle Horan
VCU InSight

Every Saturday for the past two years, people in need from the community have found relief with Northminster Baptist Church’s Free Market. It provides a free meal, clothes and household items for people that apply.

“We believe that people in poverty need support, physical support and if we can walk beside them, through the journey, then they can walk themselves out of poverty,” Founder Cassie Matthews said.

The Free Market is run off donations of the church members and others who help from the community. They are in partnership with the Central Virginia Food Bank and also supply patrons with a bag of groceries in addition to the clothes and other items they pick up.

“I find it spiritually uplifting here. Everything that they do, you know, is from the heart,” Phillip Mckee said, patron of the Free Market.

Volunteers at the market tutor both children and adults in an attempt to held them receive their high school diploma or their GED.

“It’s not just for me, it’s for all of us, so we can go beyond color, we want to change the community, we want to be friends, we want to change the world one person at a time,” Matthews said.

The Free Market is extending its hand into the Haiti relief effort, and will be making moves to go there this summer to help out. For more information on this and the free market visit http://northminsterchurch.com/community#freeMarket

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