Bond said the new format might also lessen the stigma some people continue to attach to free meals.
“There are some who don’t have food and do need it, but I’ve had people tell me they won’t go to the Soup Kitchen because they don’t want to be seen sitting in a roomful of people,” Bond said.
“This will help because people are in and out of here all day, so no one will know what you’re here for,” he said. “There are no questions asked. If you need a meal and you come in, you’ll get a lunch.”
The bag lunch will likely contain a sandwich, beverage, fruit and dessert.
Each church is spending its own mission money to provide the bagged meals, and Bond said an anonymous corporate donor is supporting the project, as well.
Forging the partnership with Lifeway Church is a bonus, Bond said.
“We really appreciate that Joe will be part of this because nobody has done more to help the poor in Franklin County than Joe Selenski.”
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