Small church makes a big impact to fill plates for the hungry

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MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - This morning's wet weather didn't dampen the spirit of service at the Spiritual Life Church on Saturday morning. Routh Johnson is one lady who doesn't let a rainy morning get in the way of her Saturday satisfaction.

"That's what I'm doing now," Johnson said. "I lost my husband in June and now I'm by myself, so that's my motive to helping people and giving back to people."

Routh is just one of the many who rummaged through the goods at the church. A clothing drive that fills more than just a $5 bag.

"We give food boxes to those that are in need," said Rev. Ray Summar.

The church pays the Food Bank of North Alabama a maintenance fee of 14 cents per pound. To put that in perspective, a $5 bag of clothing will bring 35 pounds of food back here to the church's distribution center.

For a modest church on Monroe Road, their vision for outreach is anything but small.

"We enjoy it, helping people is our passion, and especially my wife Cathy," Rev. Summar said. "It's just her desire that nobody goes hungry."

The church does not collect offering during service. They said they leave it up to their congregation to give what they feel is right. All of that money goes to paying for the church's rent, utilities and to supply their food pantry.