Every Monday, about 150 people line up in the parking lot of Christian Life Center in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Joan Oswald, whose family has lived in an emergency homeless shelter since April, got here early.
“I had a lot of difficulties finding help with food. But since I met pastor Slye, we don’t have to worry about food for my family. Every day there is food in my refrigerator," Oswald said.
Everyone in line receives bread and a full bag of produce weighing more than five kilos.
“Everything is free. That is why you have a line here. Everybody is hurting right now. Everybody has a need no matter what background you are from,” said.
Pastor Ben Slye, who runs Christian Life Center.
He began the weekly food distribution to low-income residents in the Washington suburbs a year and a half ago. Every Monday, he rents a refrigerated truck to pick up fruits and vegetables from the two largest produce companies on the east coast, Taylor Farms and Coastal Sunbelt Produce.
1.drought n. 干旱；缺乏
The crops died during the drought.
2.line up 排列起；整队
The pupils lined up to board the school bus.
3.pastor n. 牧师
The young pastor's voice was tremulously sweet, rich, deep, and broken.