A box of cereal and a smile left a lasting impression on a 7-year-old boy in New York. Jason Serrano, now in his early 40s, has a clear memory of those gifts.
“I know she was smiling because she was doing God’s work, says Jason. “It was a smile that made you feel someone cares.”
That feeling had such an impact that Jason and his wife, Aleta, want to take action on God’s behalf. That action is the opening of a Midwest Food Bank in Pennsylvania.
Jason and Aleta attend Times Square Church (TSC) in New York City. In 2012, TSC began an initiative called Feed New York. It was intended to be a one-year-outreach, but seeing the great need, the church decided to continue the ministry long-term. Feed New York now supports 100 churches with feeding programs.
Every year, Midwest Food Bank supports a number of mission trips to New York City. Jason learned about MFB through a church served by those trips. Curious to learn more, he visited the MFB website. With his experience in the financial sector, Jason read every financial statement and blog post. Then he and Aleta contacted MFB.
Following a visit to MFB Bloomington-Normal, Jason and Aleta began investigating how they could make an East Coast location a reality. Everyone they spoke to was interested in being a part of it.
A location outside of the New York City area is proving to be a cost effective way to serve. Jason and Aleta are working with a team to find a location in the Hershey, Pennsylvania, area. It is hoped that Midwest Food Bank Pennsylvania will be operational by the end of summer.
“I truly believe it is God’s time," says Jason.