From humble beginnings nine years ago, a local program has grown into an annual tradition to feed the hungry in Altus.
The ninth annual St. John Baptist Church in Altus summer feeding program is busy serving free lunch meals 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until June 30.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy a nutritious meal and friendship in the fellowship hall at 620 Martin Luther King Drive.
This is the ninth annual feeding program hosted by the church that started in 2009 and has served thousands of meals. The original feeding program was started by the Rev. Robert V. Bostic, who said he had a calling from the Lord to “feed the children” during the summer break from school. On Sunday an announcement was made inviting the kids to the feeding program.
“We started feeding kids in the back of the church under a little tree and over time we grew and relocated into the fellowship hall,” said Erma Bridges, member and volunteer of the church.
Over time the program grew and adults were invited to enjoy the free meals. Many adults on fixed incomes struggle with finances and appreciative the free meals.
“I enjoy coming to eat here because everyone is very nice and takes good care of us, plus I love the hot dogs and nachos,” said Charles Huddleston, who eats regularly at the hall.
“I love it when we have fried chicken and the time I get to relax a little,” said Carl Raiden, commenting on the menu and the fellowship.
The church members volunteer to prepare and serve the meals, and stressed how fortunate they always have been having plenty of food. Various individuals and other churches have donated food and money to assist St. John’s in their stewardship of goodwill in feeding the community.
St. John’s church services are 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, while adult and youth Sunday school classes are 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by the 11 a.m. worship. Women’s mission group “sista2sista” meet once a month on a Saturday. The youth can participate in choir, or join the Heaven’s Glory praise dance team.
St. John Baptist Church will celebrate the 103rd church anniversary Nov. 13.
To be involved in the St. John Baptist Church’s ninth annual feeding program contact Bostic at 580-471-2734 or Bridges at 580-471-9153.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 508-482-1221 ext. 2077.