Until the pandemic passes, Trenton’s Southpoint Church, 5699 Fort Street, will offer drive-thru food for the body — and soul, if desired — from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Because COVID-19 has made it dangerous to gather indoors for a meal, Southpoint Church began offering community meals, a hot drive-in once a week, beginning in mid-October, and will take prayer requests from people in vehicles requesting them.
Southpoint Church has had a food pantry for 10 years, open on Wednesdays, to help people who are food insecure.
Rev. Cindy Bobruk of Trenton said she had an idea in her mind for four or five years before it came to fruition.
“We really had this heart to feed people, to make sure people had hot meals,” she said. “We have a lot of people who come here who say it’s their only hot meal during the week, and it’s important that families are fed.”
Wyandotte volunteer Paul Cagle said they hope to reach people in need, who have limited resources and food insecurity.
Bobruk said that when people line up in the line of vehicles, they fill out a form to request a certain number of meals, and if they have prayer requests, they can do so by checking a box on the form.
“Part of the reason we’re doing this is we want people to know about Jesus,” she said. “People have needs, especially if they are low income and need food, and there are things going on in their lives, so we want to offer them prayer.
“So we don’t impose on them, but we offer, and they can tick the little box, and one of us comes out, and we ask what’s going on, and we pray with them.”
Bobruk said there are four rotating teams of about 10 volunteers each week, who provide the food themselves, which they cook at home and bring to church.
She said Oak Street Health in Southgate, which provides medical care for Medicare patients and adults over the age of 65, has recently started partnering with them to provide some of the non-perishable supplies for drive-through meals. .
Cagle said he adds the information from the move form to a spreadsheet and, during the week, he contacts people to determine their needs.
“We hope, once COVID subsides, to come in and be able to have a meal with them,” he said.
Bobruk said they would like to be able to offer both.
“Some people would like to come, and we would love to communicate with them,” she said. “If they have any questions or need anything, we wish we could be there to help.”
Cagle said some of the people who come to the drive-up have family members who are housebound, so it’s easier for them not to enter the building.
Bobruk said she is grateful to the many volunteers who have helped support the hot meals in the car program with their resources and time.
She said it is very important to her that the children are not hungry.
“It brings us such joy to know that Jesus has equipped us to be able to give these people something they couldn’t otherwise get,” Bobruk said.
Cagle said he and his family went through a time in their lives where they were homeless and had to use food pantries, so that’s where his passion for volunteering comes from.
“I like being here, talking to people,” he said. “It makes me so grateful to be able to repay what God has done for us.”
Bobruk said she hoped people would feel comfortable coming to Southpoint Church.
“It’s a good, safe place, and we try to provide a good environment, where we can give them a hot meal,” she said.
Cagle said he wanted people to know that Southpoint Church volunteers care about their welfare.
“They can trust us,” he said. “We are here for them.”
Reverend Brett Kays said his intention was to meet people’s physical and spiritual needs.
“It’s good to see people coming, and we’re praying for them and telling them about the Lord, so that’s the end goal of all of this,” he said. “Not just to nourish their bodies, but hopefully to nourish their spirits and bring them to know the Lord. So far, so good.”
Brownstown Township volunteer Terry Baas said it feels good to do the right thing.
“It is our call, according to the scriptures, to help those in need,” he said. “I’m grateful we have a program to do that, because I think we’re helping people who really need it.”
Flat Rock volunteer Nancy Lee said she also wanted to help people.
“I want to feed the hungry,” she says. “I just feel like that’s what we should be doing.”
She said cooking for Southpoint’s Community Meals program is a blessing.
“It’s something we can do and give back,” she said. “It’s just something I felt I had to do.”
Lee said she hopes Southpoint Church will continue to offer drive-in meals.
“We are all blessed when we do this,” she said.
For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page, Community Meals at Southpoint.