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Local church adds Wednesday nights to free meal program

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:22 AM

The Grand Haven church has for years served a free hot meal, rain or shine, from 1-2 p.m. every Sunday. The meal is available to anyone who shows up. Children with adults are especially welcome.

Due to increased need, an additional hot meal will also be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 8. 

Meals are served in the Parish Hall of the church, 524 Washington Ave., across from Grand Haven City Hall.

The schedule for the Sunday afternoon meal will continue, church officials said.

“We are really pleased, during these difficult times, to be able to serve more people in the Grand Haven area,” said Carolyn Austin, one of the program’s four kitchen managers. “In the past 10 months, we have more than doubled the number of people we serve. Our average Sunday attendance is in the mid-20s.”

Volunteers from St. John’s Episcopal Church have offered this service for more than 10 years. In the past year, volunteers from community organizations as well as other congregations in the community have helped out. Recently, the Men’s Group from St. John’s Lutheran Church has signed up for a Sunday.

The meals are healthy, nutritious and often creatively prepared, Austin said.

“We ask our lead volunteer for each of the Sundays and Wednesdays to prepare a meal that includes something that our guests may not have had before,” she said.

“Our meals range from spaghetti and meat balls to barbecues to Hungarian stroganoff.” 

For more information, call St. John’s Episcopal Church at 842-6260 or visit www.stjohnsepiscopal.com.

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