MOUNT VERNON — The Hot Meals program sponsored by Mount Vernon churches is a boon to many people in the community who need a good meal. Community members donate time, money or food to make it possible.
The churches together spend thousands of dollars a year on the program. For example, Gay Street United Methodist Church spends roughly $10,000 to $15,000 a year on food and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church spends between $2,500 and $3,000 a year as do the First Congregational United Church of Christ and St. Vincent de Paul Church. While many of the funds come from church members, unaffiliated community members also provide cash.
To help stretch the food dollar, the churches, except for Gay Street UMC, buy groceries from the Mid Ohio Food Bank. Food donations from individuals and organizations also help support the Hot Meals program.
“Donato’s pizza has given us some donations in the past,” said Mary Cline, kitchen manager for Gay Street UMC. “Lannings has helped us out, as has Kentucky Fried Chicken. We’ve gotten food from the Mount Vernon High School football team, and usable leftovers from corporate events, like Rolls-Royce dinners. Neff’s helps us out with bread.”
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