Feed the City take-out event set
ELKINS — Summit Church in Elkins will continue its monthly Feed the City event on Tuesday while following new precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In June 2018, Pastors Hal and Lisa Boehm of Summit Church, located in the Elkins Railyard, began a program to provide free meals on the last Tuesday of each month and later teamed up with the Railyard Restaurant next door to incorporate a dining hall into the experience.
Due to federal and state recommendations to social distance and an executive order to cease dine-in services, Summit Church had to come up with a new way to serve the community.
“If weather is permitting, we’re going to be setting tents up in front of our church and we are going to have (food) ready so they only have to walk up to the tents and take (their meal),” said Lisa Boehm. “That way no one has to come inside the restaurant because we don’t want it to get bottle-necked.”
The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and is scheduled to run until 6:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, meals will be provided from the porch of the restaurant, “because it’s covered and it’s still outside.”
“We’re going to have some of our volunteers standing with signs that say, ‘Please try to stand six feet apart,” said Boehm. “Our goal is not to have a line.”
Anyone feeling unwell, whether volunteers or members of the community, are asked to stay home from the event for the safety of others.
“We understand the volunteers that don’t feel comfortable coming out during this time. For those that do, we’re very grateful,” said Boehm. “We’ve got gloves, we’ve got hand sanitizer and we’re asking any of our volunteers if they want to wear a mask (and) if they’ve got one, please wear it if that’s what they want to do to feel comfortable.”
The meal will consist of chicken nuggets, green beans, snack cakes and a “snack bag.”
“We’re trying to get hot dogs and chili,” said Boehm.
“(We) would really like to take this opportunity during this time to bless our community and those less fortunate who may not have food at home or may not have options to cook,” said Boehm. “We’re grateful for all of the volunteers that will still come out and help at this time. We have great volunteers at our church and great volunteers in the community.”
The church will also be hosting its monthly food pantry on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the 302 Goff Street location.
Those attending are asked to stay in their cars, as a volunteer will bring the box of food out. Forms that are normally required for the food pantry have been waived for this month.