HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - One Huntsville church is on a mission to show compassion to those in need. St. John A.M.E. Church members are doing it in the form of food, providing free bowls of soup and sandwiches, at least once a month. WHNT NEWS 19’S Clarissa McClain saw the church's sign, inviting people to come on in! That's what she did and brought a Pay it Forward surprise with her.
The cooks in this kitchen are busy, pouring soup, packing lunch sacks and making sure every person that comes through the doors of the church in downtown Huntsville leaves with something to eat.
Charlsie Brooks started the soup kitchen in 2010. They feed people on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month, but there's so much need, Brooks say it could be done more.
“We could do this every week and every day,” says Brooks. “Our church now has increased the funding and of course we have members that volunteer to prepare the delicious soups."
Members donate food and money. The ladies are reimbursed for some of the food expenses. But with at least 50 people coming each time, soup kitchen co-chair Maeola Peoples says they've informed the pastor and other church leaders the need is great.
“We showed him that there was a need for this and not only that, it’s growing,” explains Peoples. “So we have to start asking for donations. Hopefully, we can grow to where we can start serving every day.”
Ask and you shall receive. WHNT NEWS 19 surprised the soup kitchen ministry with $319. It is cash that Peoples plans to put right back into the feeding ministry.
“All of this money will go back to buy items needed for the soup kitchen,” assures Peoples.