New Vision Community Church, my parents church, runs a great ministry called the Joseph Storehouse. It is a little store at the church that sells organic and gourmet foods for a fraction of what it would cost at a regular store. The proceeds from the store helps fund other ministries run by the Church.
This ministry is very dear to my heart because it gives an opportunity to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford these types of foods. I am thankful that financially I am able to buy organic foods, but I also know it takes a big chunk out of my budget. My grocery bill is probably 2 to 3 times more than what another family would pay for non-organic foods. But that is not true for everyone.
Because they are so expensive, unfortunately organic foods are out of reach to many working class families. It is hard to pay $6.50 for a an organic gallon of milk when you barely make enough to pay the bills, especially in today's economic times.
I truly believe that pesticide free and non-genetically modified foods is what is best for our health. To know that this type of lifestyle is out of reach for many Americans is very disheartening. That is why I love the Joseph Storehouse. They sell organic, gluten-free, gourmet foods for dirt cheap prices. I am like a little kid at the candy store when I visit Laredo because I know the retail cost of most of these items! The Joseph Storehouse makes these types of foods accessible to people who otherwise may not be able to afford them. The added benefit is that the proceeds of course also help fund other great ministries.
I truly pray and hope that little Joseph Storehouses could open up in other areas of the United States--to at least make these types of foods accessible to to those that at the moment cannot afford to buy them.
You can follow the Joseph Storehouse on Facebook. Also, here is a link to a great blog that also talks about this store: http://quefregados.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/the-joseph-store-house/
And don't forget to visit them on Facebook and Like their page.
The Joseph Storehouse is located at 3119 N Meadow Drive, Laredo, TX 78040 or call 956-712-0655 for more information.
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Labels: Christianity, Food and Nutrition, New Vision, Organic Lifestyle