, 2015

Two soup kitchens now
serving the community

by Renss Greene

LANCASTER—The hungry and needy in Kilmarnock have another place to turn.

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Willie Chapel and Calvary Baptist churches are now preparing and serving dinners on Tuesdays to help the hungry and children at the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck. Meals are served at the churches and sent to the Boys and Girls Club.

“Right now, with the way the economy and things are going, you have a lot of people that just don’t have food or they don’t have things,” said Christina Henderson, the event coordinator for Willie Chapel. “A lot of people don’t think that in this area that it’s so, but it is possible. The thing about it is, just getting the word out there, letting people know that we are here and willing to help them.”

The churches began serving in February. In addition to welcoming visitors to the kitchens, each week the churches send dozens of bagged lunches to the Boys and Girls Club.

“Kids get out of school around three o’clock, and sometimes you’ve got working parents who don’t get off until about six or seven,” Henderson said. “So those kids haven’t had anything to eat. The Boys and Girls Club does provide, but it’s just our way of giving back to the community and just helping out the Boys and Girls Club.”

In the future, the churches hope to expand their ministry to provide for young mothers, she said.

Willie Chapel serves meals from 4 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. They alternate with Calvary Baptist in Kilmarnock, which serves on the second and fourth Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Donations of money or food can be sent to:

• Willie Chapel, 410 Merry Point Road, Lancaster, WillieChapel.com. Team captain: Christina Henderson, 462-5500.

• Calvary Baptist Church, 490 East Church Street, Kilmarnock, CBC490.org. Team captain: LaVetta Veney, 435-1052.

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