In our latest expansion of food services, we partnered with Crosspoint Church to distribute about 160 meals per week in the local Diamond Hill area.

In an interview with Crosspoint’s downtown campus pastor, Josh Brown, he explains that the project began by seeing a need. Lynchburg City Schools provides lunches in the area on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, so we have teamed up to provide lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays to ensure the community has at least one guaranteed meal five days a week.

“We come through and have some of the lunches that are going to be handed out at the Diamond Hill Center,” Brown said. “The rest of them we are walking through the neighborhood and passing those meals out specifically.

The idea to walk through the neighborhood with the bagged meals began with the Diamond Hill Center’s Tee Farmer.

“He has been the one that was primarily walking through the neighborhood. Eventually he invited me to walk with him, and that turned into us walking for a couple months,” Brown said. “Now, we are walking it by ourselves.”

According to Brown, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Several people in the community now know each of them by name and ask about them when they are absent.

The Lighthouse provides a venue to prep meals and a portion of the food, dependent on supply.

Soon, we will also expand our bike ministry into this program. Those interested in owning a bike can sign up to receive one at no cost, and they will be delivered to the Diamond Hill Center along with the bagged lunches for pickup.