THE RITUAL

It is 3:30 pm on a Monday afternoon. The location is Apopka Florida, a small town located about 20 miles north of Orlando, Florida. A group of people in a gym are sitting in the bleachers and on chairs along one wall. The group of people is not waiting to watch a game. The group of people is waiting to get something to eat.

Those who are there for the first time ask questions of how the ritual works. The veterans of the group, usually indicated by the wheeled grocery carts or large boxes they bring to put their food in, are more than happy to “fill in” the newcomers on how the ritual works.

The ritual starts with the group of people waiting for volunteers to unpack the food to be given out onto large folding tables placed in a long row along one part of the gymnasium. For those who are there for the first time, the ritual starts with filling out an application. The government program run by the USDA requires that the volunteer organization, in this case The New Destiny Church of Apopka, Florida, to verify that the applicant meet government qualifications to get the food.

After the application process, the newcomers join those who have been coming to get their food to wait for the food to be given out. The wait can be as short as a half hour to several hours depending on the number of volunteers that show up and how the church decides to hand out the food.

After the food to be given out is sorted and ready to distribute, the volunteers go to a far end of the gymnasium and form a prayer circle. The group leader, one of the preachers, then begins a long monolog style prayer that can last as long as a half hour. Members of the group waiting for food are always invited, but not compelled to join in the prayer circle. Once the prayer is completed the process of giving out the food begins.

When the group arrives, each person is given a ticket with a number printed on it. One of the volunteers starts to call out ticket numbers much the same way most driver license offices call for the next person to be served.

After the ticket holder is called and hands their ticket to the volunteer, they then join in a line of people who walk along the table and take the food from the volunteers. They are given a bag of bread, then go to the next volunteer where they get canned foods,  veggies, pastries and sweets, plus any “surprise foods” that may be given out in any given week.

After getting their food, the group leaves through a side door, some go home to store their food and prepare their meals for the next week. Others will gather around an area of the lot and “barter” among each other, trading food they do not want or need for food that someone else may have that they do not want.

This ritual is repeated with some differences at thousands of places throughout the United States. Each week, the numbers of those who show up at these food banks increase as more and more people who have been out of work desperately search for the food they need to survive.

I am one of them.

Stay Tuned

MURT

4 Comments

  • Cinderella says:

    Kinda sucks when you consider all the money you made during the early “Caylee” days. Remember that? Actually, you should or could have banked the Trenton Duckett billboard money and added the Caylee bench bucks – that probably would have paid your mortgage, moron.

    • Cinderella:
      IT is YOU that is the MORON. I made NO money from the Caylee days or from the Trenton days. You choose to believe the lies told by internet bullies out there. It is interesting that after almost FOUR YEARS that nobody anywhere was ever to document the exact amount of the so called funds I was alleged to have made from spending THOUSANDS of dollars on equipment used to provide the streams as wall as the value of the time I spent doing so.

      It is also interesting how MORONS such as yourself spent ALL OF YOUR TIME attacking ME and NOT BE CONCERNED ONE BIT WITH THE FATE OF BOTH TRENTON AND CAYLEE. All and all you all wasted your time attacking a law abiding tax paying citizen and did not give a FUCK about either child.

      That Cinderella is your legacy.

      MURT

  • Cinderella says:

    I care very much about ANY missing child – male or female, regardless of race.
    “You choose to believe the lies told by internet bullies out there. It is interesting that after almost FOUR YEARS that nobody anywhere was ever to document the exact amount of the so called funds I was alleged to have made from spending THOUSANDS of dollars on equipment used to provide the streams as wall as the value of the time I spent doing so.”

    You’re so right, Murt – I’m sure your tax returns where you posted online would validate probably the first negative return in years is available to quell the thought of most. Remember that post? You were going to be filing a LOSS ( I think you said in the tens of thousands?)

    Who’s the moron?

    • You do NOT care one wit about missing children, “Cinderella.” You care so little about the plight about missing children that you HIDE who you really are.

      And YES I did file a net LOSS in my income tax returns for that year and every year since. Due to my caring about missing and exploited children, I would up paying the price of losing everything I own due to the efforts of HATERS to ruin my reputation and means to earn a living.

      Yet in spite of all of this, not ONE child has been found.

      Whjere is Trenton?
      YOU certainly do not give a fuck.

      MURT

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