Matthew Ministries Outreach, a soup kitchen located at 10th Avenue and 19th Street in downtown Jasper, celebrated its 12 years of service Friday with a potluck lunch.
“We are so blessed to have been able to provide this ministry for the last 12 years,” said Pastor Lindon Frost, organizer of the kitchen.
The kitchen, which is a ministry of Christ Fellowship International, meets each Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. Frost said the number of people who comes for food each week varies.
“During the summer and the winter we can see as many as 35 to 40 people,” he said. “We try to be here and be consistent. We’ve done that for 12 years. The people who come here are like family to me.”
On Friday, John Butler, pastor of Carbon Hill Church of God of Prophecy, shared a short devotion with the crowd.
“We’re thankful for Bro. Butler being here today,” Frost said. “I speak many of the days that we have the kitchen, but I also like to bring in guests to speak. We try to change things up so it’s not the same every time.”
Frost said the group also likes to change the menu up. On Friday, the potluck lunch featured a baked ham. He said the ministry is always looking for monetary donations and donated canned goods to help with the cost of food.
“Getting donations helps us to be able to change the menu more and it allows us to offer more than just soup,” he said. “We try to really give folks a good meal. We want to feed physically and spiritually.”
Frost said the soup kitchen is always open to anyone.
“This is for anybody in our community,” he said. “We are always happy to add to our family here at the kitchen.”
For more information on the soup kitchen, contact Frost at 205-522-7845.