By Message Staff
LAKE CHARLES, La. (LBM) – A Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief feeding unit set up at Trinity Baptist Church has teamed up with members of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Lake Charles for distribution of food which is being funded by United Way, as part of Southwest Louisiana VOAD to provide meals for hungry school children, elderly and their families.
According to Reggy Saxon, blue hat for the Carey Baptist Association disaster relief unit out of Lake Charles, the United Way notified the association that the Calcasieu Parish School Board had paused its feeding program Last week. The United Way offered to provide the food and asked if the disaster relief unit would find a way to cook and serve the meals.
Since Friday, March 27, the disaster relief team has cooked 1,444 meals at Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles, and then transported them to Mt. Olive Baptist, whose congregation has helped team members serve meals to families through a drive-thru lane.
Saxon said they plan to continue cooking and serving meals through April 10. He added that an additional feeding trailer arrived Sunday to accommodate the growing demand for meals, which began with 212 on Friday and increased to 512 on Monday.
“We see the same ones coming back day after day, and they have smiles on their faces,” Saxon said. “We are providing for their physical needs, but are also passing out evangelistic tracts with the meals and offering encouragement, and point them to lean on Jesus during these times. We are there to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and we look forward to what God has for us in the coming days.”