Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Feeding program finds fresh expression during epidemic

By The Rev. Jon Anderson, Rector - Epiphany, Danville

Disciples meals at Epiphany, Danville, look a little different these days. Normally, we serve a sit down dinner in the Parish Hall on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. and then offer a sack lunch out of the narthex on Thursdays at 12 p.m.  Attendance at both of these meals varies based on a number of factors, including the week of the month and the weather, but generally vary from a low of around 20 to a high of 60+.
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic we have kept the same schedule and served a meal of ready-to-eat, non-perishable items in plastic grocery sacks hung on the historic wrought iron fence around the church. This allows us to serve our guests safely while still being able to engage with them socially as we always have done.
The number of guests is up and last Tuesday we had a record of 67+ guests. We will keep this up as long as we can get supplies, which has become more challenging especially in the last week.