WHAT IS FULL?
FULL is a project of Spero, a non-profit 501(c)3, that is community development ministry focused on developing relational networks that help neighborhoods reach their full potential. We know that Oklahoma City is a place full of hope, relationships, and resources that can ensure all communities in our city thrive.
Community is created around something that a group of people have in common. All people - regardless of income, color, religion, or location - have one thing in common. Proverbs 22:2 tells us rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all. Thus, community is possible between all human beings, created by and in the image of God. Community Development, then, is the development of Jesus in the hearts and lives of the people we come into contact with. Community development involves recognizing the image of the Creator in His creation and drawing that image out to shine fully and brightly.
There are as many practical ways to develop community as there are people. Over and over, we have seen that a central, and key thing, that brings people together and enables conversations and relationships to develop is food. We are helping people all over the city love and learn from their neighbors by using food as capital. Through neighborhood food cooperatives and in-home deliveries, we see God's kingdom come to earth as barriers are broken and the image of God comes to light in the lives and hearts of His people.
The neighborhood food cooperatives that we partner with are community-based food distributions in collaboration with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Individuals within a neighborhood sign a covenant agreement to be a part of the cooperative. The covenant requires attendance and participation of its members, as well as a monetary contribution. This money does not go toward the RFBO-resourced food, but toward a project decided upon by the cooperative members, that will benefit the community.
Food cooperatives are not run by volunteers, but the members themselves. Members pick up the food from a designated location, bring it to the neighborhood distribution site where they sort, organize, and distribute the food. The primary focus of the cooperative is building relationships, using food as a conduit for those in relationships to develop.
The in-home delivery program brings food to elderly, homebound individuals who meet the income requirements set by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (RFBO). We partner with several churches across the metro area to meet the needs of our neighbors. Our goal is for a family, or small group of people, to deliver groceries to the same houses near their church or in their neighborhood each month, using groceries as a way to build relationship and mutual discipleship.
The Spero Project works to partner with local food pantries and food resource centers so those making deliveries can pick up food and deliver it within proximity to their home or church. This distinction is important to us because it makes the bridge into long-term, authentic relationships beyond the initial connection of food delivery more likely and natural.
PARTNERSHIPS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
We work with incredibly generous food pantries and faithful volunteers to supply 61 homebound, elderly individuals with groceries every month. Are you a church or an individual that wants to sponsor an in-home delivery or membership for a food coop? For $25 a month you can support a household in Oklahoma City that struggles with food insecurity.
Want to get involved? Shoot us an email and we will walk you through the process!
If you or your church would like to make grocery deliveries please start by filling out the form and we will get back to you with available routes.
Full is a program of The Spero Project, a local 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to mobilize the Church by offering entry points to partnering with under-resourced communities.
Full is sustained by great community and church partnerships and is facilitated by some of The Spero Project Staff Team who are excited to see communities in OKC reach their full potential through meaningful relational networks.