Please allow me to introduce myself and this organization.. My name is Lynne Saunders, founder of Papa's Pantry, a multi-faceted Christian Assistance program that ministers to the whole family in numerous ways. While you may have read about us recently in the Atlanta Journal Constitutio n, T owneLaker, Cherokee Tribune or Around Woodstock publications, I would like to take a moment to personally introduce you to Papa's Pantry, its mission and services. Papa's Pantry is more than just a food pantry...... It is a whole-istic program designed to work with families at their immediate point of need. Illness, job loss, or any number of hardships facing today's families can trigger economic destabilization within a home. When forced with the option of paying bills or buying food, most families lose sight of the bigger picture of household economics in favor of providing for immediate needs. Papa's Pantry's goal is to partner with these families THROUGHOUT the crisis while they tend to the business at hand... stabilization. As our name implies, one primary goal is to provide food when there are shortages in the home. 1 out of 11 households in Georgia experience hunger. Along with donated non-perishable food items that are given, nutritional components such as meat, milk, and produce are often purchased for our food assistance families. Getting back on their feet cannot happen on just processed ( junk ) food. Our bodies were designed by God, our Creator, to work efficiently on the foods he created for us, and provided in the Garden of Eden. Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word of the Living God. ( Deut 8: 3, Mat 4: 4 and Luke 4: 4 ) A lack of food in the household is certainly a problem, but it's not the problem. We have found that it is a symptom of a deeper cause. Once the reality of crisis sets in, people are looking for help, want to learn, and to do whatever it takes to get back to "normal". That's where the Ministry/ Training Center comes in.