By Ashley Rader
Volunteers with Food for the Multitude were on hand at the TLC Community Center to receive the first shipment for the newly restarted program.
Food for the Multitude had provided meals to more than 300 people each Saturday for more than 25 years before the program temporarily ended in 2012 when it ran out of space to serve the growing number of people who needed assistance.
This weekend, Food for the Multitude will resume its operations thanks to a partnership with Angie Odom and the TLC Community Center. The program will use the kitchen and the large community meeting space to serve meals to the community every Saturday morning.
“We are delighted to have the program operational again,” said Joe Muncey, co-president of the Food for the Multitude program.
Muncey said the partnership with the TLC Center was a “Godsend” because the program did not know how to keep providing meals to the community without adequate space.
“We didn’t know what we would do,” he said. “We have more than enough space to prepare and serve the meals. There is adequate parking outside. This is truly wonderful. It is a great setup.”
The Food for the Multitude kickoff event will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the TLC Community Center at 145 Judge Don Lewis Blvd., off Highway 91 in Stoney Creek.
During the kick-off, volunteers will register clients and will be serving a hot dog lunch, complete with slaw, baked beans, cookies and chips. Muncey said the meals are free and are available to anyone who is in need.
“We don’t ask for financial proof,” he said. “It is based on need. If someone believes they need assistance with meals then we are led to serve them.”