Local church serves 120 free lunches

A group of volunteers from the Church of the Good Shepherd prepares lunchtime meals for the community.

GRAFTON—Last Saturday, the kind congregation of the Church of the Good Shepherd hosted a free community-wide lunch, providing individuals the opportunity to be reacquainted with being out and about again, as the county works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The church’s Community Outreach team was the driving force in holding the drive-through style lunch event, thinking it would be the perfect opportunity to provide residents with an outing that they could feel safe and comfortable going too.

“One of the reasons we wanted to host this lunch for the community was to get people comfortable with coming out again, and enjoying life in a safe manner. This drive through lunch was the perfect way to do that,” commented Lynn Cartwright, a member of the church’s Community Outreach team.

And with an a large turnout last weekend, it is safe to say that the church was able to do just that.

According to Cartwright, 120 lunches, that contained a turkey, ham and cheese sub, with an assortment on condiments, chips and cookies, were prepared and bagged by selfless volunteers and served to the residents of Taylor County through the event.

This event was made possible in part by funds from the church’s outreach program, along with individual contributions from generous donors, and Cartwright shared a special thanks to those who contributed to this lunch.

“We would like to thank R&R Services, LLC for their generous monetary donation, as well as Walmart and our many other individual supporters,” she voiced.

Cartwright went on to report that because of the heartwarming success of the lunch, the Church of the Good Shepherd intends to hold similar events in the future for all of the community to enjoy.

Announcements about upcoming events can be found on the church’s website, https://shepherdwv.wixsite.com/cogswv and their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cogswv.

Events like these are a great way for us to get out in the community, meet new people and just kind of shake our COVID fears off for a little bit,” expressed Cartwright.

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