LOCAL LOOKOUT: Local church extends free lunches due to virtual learning
COLUMBIA- Fifth Street Christian Church is continuing its free sack lunch event now that Columbia Public Schools is online for the fall.
The church began handing out lunches in March when the pandemic first began.
Volunteers and members of the church gathered Thursday to hand out hamburgers, hotdogs, sandwiches and water until they ran out of food.
Community leader Rev. James Gray said he encourages the community to donate and help expand access to the free lunches.
“I really want to stress having other locations. How do we do that? We get together in groups of people and say you do one over here, you go over there," Gray said. "That’s what it’s all about.”
The church allows people to walk up to the table to grab a lunch or pull up in your car and have one handed to you.
Not only are free lunches being made available, but soon fresh produce.
“Next Saturday at 11 a.m., we are going to give away free produce at St. Luke United Methodist Church. I gotta make sure our kids are safe, healthy and eating," Gray said.
The church is teaming up with other churches in the community to continue to provide services like these.
To help keep the program going, you can call the Fifth Street Christian Church at 573-442-7713 to make a donation.