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Community Outreach Luncheon moving to County Building

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Beginning Saturday, May 2, the First Saturday Community Outreach Luncheon, formerly known as the “Soup Kitchen,” will be moving to a new location in the basement of the County Building.

“Because we serve the whole county and are supported by a variety of churches and individuals, we have decided that the County Building is an appropriate location. We are non-denominational and color-blind,” explained Mary Kaye Simmons, one of the luncheon’s founding members.

Each first Saturday, between 9 and 9:30 a.m., volunteers prepare plates of cornbread and desert, a cup of hot soup and a cup of sweet tea. The volunteer drivers are given their delivery lists and load up the food for the sick and shut-ins.

The goal is to have all deliveries made by 12:30 p.m. It’s important to have several teams of drivers, because for many recipients a short visit may be as important as the food.

In addition to offering food deliveries, the luncheon is open to anyone who would like to come and have lunch and fellowship at the County Building between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

If you know someone who is shut-in because of recent surgery, an illness or disability, you are welcome to pick up a meal for them or call Simmons a week in advance at (931) 307-9040 to arrange delivery.

The Community Luncheon depends on donations and volunteers: Donations of soup, cornbread, cookies or brownies and sweet tea and money for the purchase of paper items; Volunteers to prepare the food and drivers to deliver it.

Anyone wishing to bring food and/or assist with preparation or driving is invited to come to the County Building May 2 at 9:30 a.m. Individuals or organizations who wish to offer financial support may send a check, payable to the Community Outreach Luncheon, in care of Mary Kaye Simmons, P.O. Box 191, Lynchburg, TN 37352.