Church group provides a weekly meal for students

By Vicki Hyatt | Nov 19, 2012

When Sue Wilson and her Bible study group at First Baptist Church in Waynesville learned about the Alternative Learning Center and their needs, their first thought was “we can help.”

Specifically, the group decided since there was no school cafeteria, they could assume the responsibility of serving the students and staff one meal a week. And that's exactly what they have been doing.

The ALC is a part of the county school system that helps students who have dropped out of school complete the requirements for graduation. The program offers flexibility as many of those enrolled have outside jobs or have less than ideal home or living conditions. That often means meals can be hard to come by and not that affordable.

Wilson, who is chairwoman of the church’s missions committee, said the church’s cook, Marge Farrell, helps out a lot, providing leftovers from the Wednesday church meal and helping with preparation. But on other occasions, the group members prepare meals for 25 or so on Thursdays, or even bring in pizza.

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