By Valley Ag Voice Staff
It was a brisk and cool December morning when Morning Star Fresh Food Ministries hosted their Annual Pheasant Hunt. With 150 hunters participating and over six hundred rooster pheasants released, no one went home empty-handed.
Morning Star was the vision of local farmer Bret Sill who in 2013 desired to connect the city of Bakersfield with Fresh Food. He gathered local farmers, butchers, churches, non-profits, businesses, and volunteers to launch the program.
Morning Star Fresh Food Ministry’s mission “is to feed families through the love and hope found in Jesus by fighting hunger and feeding souls. Fresh food opens their door. Love and hope opens their heart… We are much more than just another food outreach. Our program is about feeding the body AND the soul because food is temporary…but salvation is eternal. That is why our monthly food distributions also include tools that help teach parents and their children the principles of love and hope found in Jesus.”
“This is one of our annual fundraising events to raise funds to feed needy families fresh, healthy, nutritious food with the love and hope of Jesus,” commented Bret Sill. Morning Star relies on the kind donations to feed thousands throughout the year. Many of the donations are from their farming partners, but they also rely on fundraisers such as the pheasant hunt to be successful.
Environmental Safety Solutions sponsored a team in the pheasant hunt, and Vice President Adam Hair shared why he supports Morning Star Fresh Food Ministry: “Morning Star Fresh Food and the Sill family continually put on a great event to support their ministry. The pheasant hunt is enjoyable for all hunting levels.” He added, “I had the opportunity to hunt with three young boys who had an absolute blast. It’s a wonderful way to experience what God provides by harvesting pheasant and helping Morning Star feed families fresh, local food.”
There are many ways you can support the incredible mission at Morning Star. They need local volunteers to pack the food boxes, and they need local businesses and individuals to sponsor the boxes. Most importantly, they need referrals from local non-profits and churches so they can continue to help people and spread the word of Christ’s love in our community. Visit
MorningStarFresh.org to learn more!