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Lynne Saunders

ENCOMPASS MINISTRIES, Founder and Executive Director: Papa’s Pantry, The Masters’s Training Center & Community Spirit Magazine


My name is Lynne Saunders, the founder of Papa’s Pantry, a multifaceted Christian Assistance Program that ministers to the whole family in numerous ways. While you may have read about us recently in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, TowneLaker, Cherokee Tribune or Around Woodstock publications, I would like to take a moment to personally introduce you to Papa’s Pantry, its mission and services. Papa’s Pantry is more than just a food pantry…

It is a program designed to work with families at their immediate point of need. Illness, job loss, or any number of hardships facing today’s families can trigger economic destabilization within a home. When forced with the option of paying bills or buying food, most families lose sight of the bigger picture of household economics in favor of providing for immediate needs. Papa’s Pantry’s goal is to partner with these families THROUGHOUT the crisis while they tend to the business at hand… stabilization. Families will be better able to move strategically from “survival” to “mission” mode.

As our name implies, one primary goal is to provide food when there are shortages in the home. 1 out of 5 households in Georgia experience hunger. Along with donated non-perishable food items that are given, nutritional components such as meat, milk, and produce are often purchased for our food assistance families. Getting back on their feet cannot happen on just processed (junk) food. Our bodies were designed by God, our Creator, to work efficiently on the foods he created for us, and provided in the Garden of Eden.

“Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word of the Living God.” Luke 4:4

A lack of food in the household is certainly a problem, but it’s not the heart of the matter. We have found that in peeling back the layers that hunger is a symptom of a deeper cause. Once the reality of crisis sets in, people are looking for help, want to learn, and to do “whatever it takes” to get back to normal. Regardless of faith, the biblical principles we teach are proven – Another goal of Papa’s Pantry is to provide information and encouragement that show families how to activate biblical truths in their own lives. Through The Master’s Training Center, free training opportunities are available to the community, including: one-on-one coaching, goal setting, cash flow forecasting, financial strategies, workforce preparation, nutrition, and bible studies.

For 20 years, Papa’s Pantry has provided food assistance to thousands of families. As our ministry and services have grown, we’ve been better able to equip families with the tools necessary to become stable. To continue our work, Papa’s Pantry and our families need your help.

Please take a few minutes to browse through the website to identify the efforts currently underway. You may want to donate your time, money or gifts to Papa’s Pantry. I encourage you to give us a call at 770-591-4707. We are also happy to give tours to you or your group, please call to schedule.

We look forward to serving the community and sharing Christ’s love together with you.

Lynne Saunders
Executive Director and Founder, Papa’s Pantry, Inc.