The Feeding of the Multitude is an annual event hosted by 24 or more participating churches and held at Haut Gap Middle School on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Its purpose is to provide a Thanksgiving meal to people in need on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Pre-pandemic, volunteers cooked a Thanksgiving meal and guests enjoyed a sit-down feast with entertainment, community outreach booths and fellowship. In the last three years, volunteers provided a Drive-through Food Pick-up of groceries as well as cooked meals for homebound individuals. Last year, 1,350 bags of groceries (serving a family of 4) and 1,000 $20 Food Lion gift certificates (instead of frozen turkeys) were handed out along with 250 hot cooked meals delivered to homebound neighbors. Pet Helpers and Charleston Animal Society were also onsite to hand out pet food and education on dog/cat spaying and neutering. This event has grown over the years and the 2022 15th Annual Feeding of the Multitude was our most successful event ever.  We provided food for 5730 Sea Island Residents that day (1350 bags for a family of 4 plus 80 bags for Hispanic families and 250 prepared meals). Hundreds of volunteers worked either before or during the event.  

Our objective is to feed our guests both spiritually and physically, and to be instruments for the Holy Spirit to grow the Kingdom.  We treat each other and our guests respectfully and lovingly.  We are blessed that the Feeding is a vehicle for us to serve our Lord as one church centered around Jesus Christ, and to strengthen relationships with Christians from different cultural backgrounds.

You can help by praying for another successful event, serving as a volunteer or providing bags of groceries, donating money to the Feeding (Make Checks to Live Oak Church or donate on its website), or serving on one of the prayer teams.  

Contact Claudia Boyce or Meemee Williams if you have questions.  We invite anyone interested to join the FOTM team.