In the Weekend Missourian issue of April 21-22, there was a feature story “Nourishing Bodies and Souls” which told of three sites in Franklin County where people can have a free meal and enjoy fellowship. The church locations are in Pacific, Union and Washington.
These are outstanding programs that are Christian ministry examples that are made possible by the churches where they are located and many volunteers. As important as the meals are, as the story pointed out, the programs serve people hungry for both food and friendship. It’s a way to meet people and share conversations about many subjects, especially by the elderly, many of whom are starved for friendship.
For people who may have missed the story, the locations are at Pacific Presbyterian Church on alternating Thursdays 5-6 p.m.; the First Presbyterian Church in Union every Tuesday 6-7 p.m.; and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington 5-6 p.m. every Saturday.
The volunteers feed the hungry with no questions asked. We undoubtedly do not have the number of hungry people as in some other areas, but we do have some, and a need is being fulfilled.
We congratulate the volunteers who give of their time and make food donations to serve people in need of a solid meal and fellowship.