Community comes together over meals and bread

Published 3:17 pm Monday, November 12, 2012

Nancy Surface with tables full of sandwich bread for the Bread Ministry. (photo by Anne Regan)

For the past nine years Landrum United Methodist Church has opened their doors for a community meal. Each month on the fourth Saturday at 4 p.m., volunteers are ready with a hot meal. Starting October 2003, with about 30 people attending, it has grown to the magnitude of 1,000 meals.

Church member Nancy Surface said, “In my heart I always wanted to open a soup kitchen.”

Moving to Landrum from West Virginia, Surface made her dream a reality. Meeting with the church board she challenged to start a program to feed the hungry. The challenge was accepted and The Community Meal became a Mission Ministry for the church.

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There was a call for volunteers, followed by great response at even the first meeting.  A Community Meal committee was established, with Surface as the guiding light to  today’s success.

Having a great facility with a kitchen, community room, parking and convenient location, the basics where in place. The only hang-up – no funds.

Donations came in though and enough was collected to create a trust fund of $1500. This has never been spent and they have never asked the church to finance any of the meals.