In Memphis, the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry is working to help the homeless in their own unique way. The self-described “church without walls” and Christian-based ministry was started by Reverend Tommy Clark in 2012 and their volunteers are still riding around on bicycles to bring the homeless community food, supplies, and hugs every Wednesday and Saturday.
The Urban Bicycle Food Ministry hand-delivers around 300 burritos, hot dogs and other food items on Wednesdays and about 150 burritos on Saturdays and they do it all on bicycles. Volunteers ride bikes because they can go places cars can’t get to, including alleys, plus being on bikes makes the interaction more intimate and less threatening for the homeless, who could be anxious about interacting with strangers. They say it’s “more respectful” to their friends on the streets.
“It’s very special because the message to the people we serve is that we’re going to come and find you,” explains Lyle Udell, Executive Director of UBFM. “Soup kitchens are great, but this sends the message that there are still people who actively love you and want to show you that you still matter. We’re going to find you - doesn’t matter if there’s rain, sleet, snow, or cold.”
Source: Southern Living