March 21, 2013
New Dimension Missions recently held its second hot soup kitchen, serving chili and soup with cornbread, grilled cheese sandwiches, split baked potato and pie.
The church, located on Neely Avenue, has taken a turn feeding the hungry. The mission president is Rosie Williamson, also serving in the kitchen. The church supplied Thanksgiving dinner last year.
Pastor is Actavatis Allen.
The St. Joseph Catholic Church offers the educational building for soup nights and holds its own Second Harvest Garden Cafe weekly on Thursday nights from 5:30-6:30.
Sr. Joel Curcio said the Garden Cafe, started by four churches, began operation in 2009. Over time, the cafe has served over 10,000 meals and over 800 individuals have volunteered to serve meals.
During winter the Garden Cafe serves an average of 75-80 guests, and in summer the average attendance is about 100-110, Curcio said.
A number of boys from the high school show up for dinner and always are well-mannered, Curcio said.
All food for the Garden Cafe is donated by Sacred Heart Southern Mission Second Harvest Program, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steak House, Pizza Hut and Save-A-Lot in Holly Springs.
The church provides the basic items for the cafe.
Churches sponsoring the Garden Cafe have included – Christ Episcopal Church, Asbury UM Church, Anderson Chapel UM Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Christ the King Catholic Church, Latter Rain Church, Sacred Heart Southern Mission, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, Kimbrough Chapel Church, Lift Group, Hopewell #1 Church, Tabernacle of Prayer, Our Lady Queen of Peace, New Dimensions Mission Ministries and Powell Chapel Church.
Other groups who have served are Rust College students, Knights of Columbus, and volunteer groups with Sacred Heart Southern Mission and Sisters of the Living Word, Chicago, Ill.
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