Hometown Heroes Feed More Than 200 People Each Week

By Lindsay Clein

Published 01/16 2014 07:01AM

Updated 01/16 2014 07:02AM

ROCKAWAY BEACH, Mo. -- Bridge of Faith Community Church feeds around 220 people each Wednesday night.

The church runs buses into neighborhoods within a five mile radius, taking in both kids and adults for a warm meal and bible study.

The church's pastor, Jonathan McGuire, started this program nine years ago by picking up one or two kids and taking them into the church to enjoy a warm meal.

Now, the program has expanded and the church feeds more than 200 people each week.

McGuire started the program by picking up children in a van, but that one van has transformed into three buses and two vans.

Feeding the community takes many volunteers, including bus drivers, a bus riders, people in the kitchen, servers, and bible study teachers.

Many of the children who attend the meal and bible study on Wednesday nights qualify for free and reduced lunch.

McGuire says it's the church's goal to truly transform a generation and transform the city of Rockaway Beach.

"We are known for feeding people and putting a meal on the table and meeting a need there within our community,” says McGuire. "It's so important for us as a church to meet the needs of our community and we want to be that church that if we were to ever leave, our community would beg for us to come back. It's humbling to be here and at this point in my life, there's no other place I want to be."

"I came from hard times and I was broken, they've lifted me up,” says Michael Lowther, a church member. "I was going down the path of evil if I didn’t find god or this church, I'd be dead or in jail right now."

The church is always in need of volunteers. If you'd like to get involved, you can call the church's pastor at 417-230-7422.

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