Christian Services reopens the soup kitchen dining room for meals

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PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) – The Christian Services soup kitchen dining room is open again. It has been closed for almost two years, since the start of the pandemic.

“I also see a lot of smiles on my staff’s faces because a lot of people have missed us. And I’m just glad to see everyone is fine and healthy and back. So the staff are smiling, diners are smiling,” says Maggie West, executive director of Christian Services.

After nearly two years, the organization welcomed people into its new and improved indoor dining hall. It features new art and decorations that people can enjoy with their hot meals.

West says it’s great to hang out with the diners again.

“They love the fellowship with each other, they love hearing the word they love just so they can sit down and not rush around and have to eat on the go. They’ve just come back to their–what they call home. A lot of them said it was nice to be back home,” she says.

During lunch, diners have the opportunity to memorize the Bible verse of the week. If they can recite it from memory after the meal, they receive a small gift.

“This week’s scripture is to show love not just in words but in deeds and in truth. And we just thought it was appropriate for February. You know, actions speak louder than words and one of the actions we wanted to do was open up and just tell the community how much we love them,” West said.

Christian Services is also distributing hygiene kits this week while supplies last.

“It’s just going to get better every day. So we’re really excited to be able to do that safely and give everyone a place to hang out,” West says.

The soup kitchen is open for two hot meals at 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from now on.

Christian Services is still offering drive-thru and take-out meals every day of the week downtown for those unable to enter for fellowship.

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