Church seeks to feed kids

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 05:31 PM

About 500 children in Vance County will get lunch delivered to their homes every day this summer.

The St. James Missionary Baptist Church teamed with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for its first Kids Summer Meals program.

Every week starting on Monday, about 2,500 meals of sandwiches, wraps and snacks will be prepared and delivered to six Section-8 developments in the community.

The sites are:

• Highland-Green Apartments, 111 S. Pinkston St., Henderson.

• Springwood Apartments, 605 High St., Henderson.

• Hillcrest Apartments, 271 S. Beckford Drive, Henderson.

• Lincoln Height Apartments, 224 Lincoln St., Henderson.

• North Henderson Heights Apartments, 550 W. Andrews Ave., Henderson.

• Cedarhurst Apartments, 720 Highland Ave., Henderson.

Program coordinator Wanda Moncrieffe said deliveries start at 11 a.m., and no child will be denied a meal.

The program will run June 23 through Aug. 15 to meet the physical needs of Vance County youth while they are out of school.

The Rev. Fearldine Simmons said she wanted to show the community what church is all about.

“We want to give kids insight about what church really means,” said Simmons, who is also a city councilwoman. “That doesn’t mean going to church every Sunday. Sometimes, the church has to go out and meet them.”

Food will be stored and prepared at Pinkston Elementary. The Vance County Board of Education approved its use at a board meeting in May.

Simmons said the first food truck arrived Friday, courtesy of MR Williams distribution, with six palettes of food.

“God gave us the vision and the means to do it the entire way,” she said. “Everything has been donated or volunteered.”

She said her church received volunteer commitments from all over the community, including the Vance County Department of Social Services.

Moncrieffe said there are still opportunities to help. Contact her at (202) 379-5756 to get involved.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.