Second Presbyterian Church — Waynesboro, Virginia
We’re a small church with a membership of about 70 located in a low income, transient neighborhood. In early 2007, church members were asked by a food bank representative about opening a soup kitchen. That year, we partnered with volunteers from five area churches to host Disciples’ Kitchen — serving lunch two days each week. As volunteer support increased, we expanded to three days a week!
When faced with COVID-19 restrictions this year, we felt we may need to close. But instead, we decided to try handing out meals in the church parking lot. April Cranford, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, mentioned the need for volunteers to a local pastors’ association. Because of the additional volunteer help, we’re providing to-go lunches three days a week!
Our program has not only filled a physical need, but also a spiritual/emotional need for those who attend the meal as well as volunteers.
— Linda Fields, ruling elder and treasurer
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