Appanoose County Summer Lunch Program

First and Faith United Methodist Churches in Centerville joined with their ecumenical partners to respond to hunger needs in their community during the break from school this summer. The Appanoose County Summer Lunch Program provided free lunch at the Drake Avenue Christian Church weekdays from June 9 to August 8.

Facebook has been used to share meal menus and announcements about their activities. Janice Bolger, a member at Faith United Methodist Church and a volunteer with the ministry, indicated that they “have learned how many of our clients rely on this for communication.”

Area churches arranged for volunteers on a rotating basis to prepare and serve the meals each day. The United States Department of Agriculture was a participating sponsor, reimbursing the program for children ages 1 to 19 who ate a lunch. This ministry also received a Matthew 25 Grant from the South Central District, which was made possible by apportionment gifts from local United Methodist churches throughout Iowa.

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