HOT MEALS MINISTRY
Jesus said, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me..." -- Matthew 25:35. Every week, five small churches put Jesus' words into action in their neighborhood, providing a free meal to anybody who needs it. No questions asked. No red tape. No paperwork. It's an all-volunteer Collaborative effort by neighbors helping neighbors. Dinner is served at:
Orangethorpe Christian Church,
2200 West Orangethorpe Ave.,
Fullerton, CA 92833
Mondays at 6:00 pm
Labor Day, 2014, The Hot Meals Ministry celebrated it's twenty first anniversary of service to the people of Southwest Fullerton. Since its founding, over 177,000 meals have been provided in addition to tons of used clothing, and tons of bread and food. In an age when one fast food chain boasts of billions of hamburgers served, this may not seem like much. But when we consider that these complete meals have been made available free of charge by the people of five small local churches empowered and inspired by the Gospel message, we know that we have a lot to be proud of.
The Hot Meals Ministry was founded in 1993, when Paula Todd (1940-2004) of Orangethorpe Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) saw a great need in our neighborhood and persuaded her pastor that their church should try to address that need. Four other Fullerton churches were invited to join OCC in providing a hot, complete meal every Monday night:
Each church served a meal on one Monday each month. After about three years, First Christian Church started its own Hot Meals Ministry in the downtown Fullerton area each Wednesday night and on January 13, 1997 was replaced by:
Some of the people who come for dinner are homeless. Some are unemployed. Many are the "working poor" of our own neighborhood who have a hard time making ends meet. A lot of our guests are children. Some are babies, who are supplied diapers, and baby food when available. Donated used clothing is also made available to our guests. An average in 2013 of 168 people per week were served; indicating the need is still there in these difficult financial times. No one is ever turned away.
Jesus reminds us that "insofar as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." -- Matthew 25:40. If you wish to support Hot Meals Ministry by donating funds, food or supplies, or by working with us on Monday evenings, please contact Christina Campbell at (714) 349-2966. The Hot Meals Ministry is an all volunteer Ministry with no paid staff or workers.
Continuing what Paula had started, the Hot Meals Ministry fed its 177,000th guest in September, 2014 under the direction of Christina Campbell. It is with deep sorrow that we record the passing of Debbie Campbell (1955-2010) her co-director and mother, into eternal rest on September 23, 2010. Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
update:10-2-14 N. Todd