Two Alliance churches worked together to continue a 14-year-old meal program that fed hundreds on Thanksgiving Day.
First Christian Church joined Christ United Methodist Church for the first time this year.
The effort was stretched to a second church this year due to requirements to limit the number of people preparing food at one time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previously, Victor Lee of Christ UMC said volunteers in the church’s Christian Outreach Committee decided to continue the event this year, despite the limitations.
“The majority of our members felt it was important to continue the free Thanksgiving meal program, despite the pandemic,” Lee told the Review this month. “In order to social distance, we’ve cut the number of indoor volunteers from about 50 to 15, we’ve streamlined some of the meal preparation, and unfortunately, we’ve set a cap on the total numbers of meals available. Having First Christian Church as a partner allows us to double the number of meals without compromising health safety.”
The Thanksgiving Day meal program was founded 14 years ago by Rev. Neal Mann at First Immanuel Church.
Christ UMC and Faith Christian Church each produced half of the meals this year.