King’s Kettle Food Pantry and Redemption BBQ teamed up to provide something special for local families in need Tuesday. 

In addition to King’s Kettle’s current milk distribution, volunteers also provided shopping carts full of goodies courtesy of Redemption BBQ. 

According to Pastor J.R. Wells, director of King’s Kettle Food Pantry, Redemption BBQ bought and donated a 53-foot trailer full of food valued at over $30,000.

“[The truck] had milk, peaches, blackberries, blueberries, bacon, scrambled eggs, French fries. You name it, it had it,” Wells said Tuesday. “Tonight, we are giving it all out to the community. We appreciate Justin and his wife Kristen [at Redemption BBQ] for doing that for us. They really made it happen.”

“God has really provided for us during the pandemic and this is one of ways we are able to give back to the community,” Justin Kauffman, owner of Redemption BBQ, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. 

He continued, “God put it on my heart. It is a time of need for a lot of folks, and we just felt like this was a great opportunity [to help]. I had some connections in the Lancaster area, New Hope Ministries, who does things like this on a regular basis. I contacted them to see what it would be to get a whole tractor-trailer full of food. I didn’t think that it was going to turn into a whole 18-wheeler, but God has been good to us and we were able to be a blessing to others.”

King’s Kettle’s weekly food distribution takes place the first three Tuesday evenings of the month, from 5-6:30 p.m., at their North Fayette Street location in Shippensburg.

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