MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The cars kept coming for the gift food. New Birth Community Church says it is a blessing to serve those in need here in Port City.
“To be able to serve and to know that we are there for a need. And to know that we are hands and feet to be able to touch and bring a smile and see the impact in their lives and see the gratitude that they appreciate so much,” said Elder Anita Updike, New Birth Community Church.
While the outreach ministry is nothing new, the location of the drive-thru operation at Legacy Funeral Home on South Broad Street is.
On the menu: steaks, chicken and ribs, and much more.
Lee: “Looks like you got 1, 2, 3, 4 boxes? — James/Cooker: Yeah. Lee: That’s a lot. — James: Yeah, but it’s fun. I don’t mind cooking for anybody.”
As they try to reach the homeless area, the goal is to feed anyone in need. Pastor Jannie Jackson says they have regulars who have come to depend on the ministry.
“We have a lot of disabled and elderly people, and the elderly are my heart. The youth too, but the elderly are my heart,” Pastor Jackson said.
Their goal was to feed 500 people a hot meal on Saturday; with another hour to go, they were working to double it to make a thousand pairs.
“They told us about going out and feeding the homeless. I really had no idea how big and exciting it is to be a part of this in the community. But this is a great event guys, and this food is amazing,” said one church member who volunteered.
Partnerships make it all work, one of those partners, the late Mobile City Councilman Levon Manzie, whose “Feeding the Gulf Coast” grant continues to help where it’s needed most.
New Birth Community Church and its partners draw on the third Saturday of every month. Next month, they will be at Legacy Funeral Home at 953 South Broad Street, where they will also have a food bank truck handing out food.
Other participating churches: Pure Word, City Church of Mobile, Day Spring Baptist, Tanner-Williams Methodist.
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