WEST ORANGE, NJ — In order to help those in need during the global health crisis, The Life Christian Church (TLCC) of West Orange recently sourced more than $70,000 worth of food and supplies to be distributed between the Helping Hands Food Pantry (HHFP) of Teaneck and the Holy Trinity Food Pantry in West Orange to help feed local students.  

HHFP, which serves families in need in Teaneck and surrounding towns in Bergen County, had to shutter its doors to the public on March 20, leaving only a phone line open for emergency food distribution. Ten days later, pantry co-founder and director Janice Preschel died from complications due to COVID-19.

After hearing about the closing and lack of supplies, TLCC of West Orange is now mobilizing food and supplies to enable HHFP to reopen.

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Earlier this week, church staff and volunteers helped source approximately 26,000 pounds of supplies that were delivered from Missouri through Convoy of Hope. Final delivery of several pallets worth of food and supplies to the food pantry in Bergen County is scheduled for Saturday, according to TLCC.

"Our neighbors may already be dealing with a crisis of faith and fear,” said TLCC founder and lead pastor Terry Smith. “The last thing they need right now is worry where they will find food for their family." 

TLCC also sourced bags of groceries that will be delivered to the Holy Trinity Food Pantry early next week to be distributed to 100 West Orange Public Schools families who typically receive meals through the school system.

Additionally, in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order in March urging citizens to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the church launched an online station called “TLCC TV” as well to provide individuals with daily content throughout the week.

TLCC, which has moved its Sunday services online, is now video streaming programs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with daily pastoral, informative and entertaining content. TLCC TV programs include children’s programming, live acoustic music shows, interactive Bible reading time and broadcast of popular sermon messages.

According to the church, the station is designed to “give the entire family options for specially curated material while they stay at home.” New content programs will be announced each week.

“We want to provide families with viewing options that will feed souls better than anything Netflix has to offer,” said Smith.

TLCC has also launched a Prayer Line and a Help Line, which is monitored by its Pastoral Team, where individuals can submit prayer requests and requests for any assistance they may need.

“We want to make sure our community isn’t overwhelmed with fear, but rather supported in their faith during these times,” said Smith.

To watch TLCC TV or access the church’s Prayer Request and Help Lines, visit TLCC.org.

To join the church online for its live stream this Sunday, visit TLCC.org at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. Eastern Time.