After being closed for several months, Hope Dining Room has reopened and is once again serving meals to those in need.
Located in the basement of Kingswood United Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside, the organization has served hot noontime meals at no charge since 1983. Volunteers from local churches and service organizations collect, prepare and serve thousands of lunches each year.
However, the pandemic forced the closure of the dining room in March, as it was not safe to be inside and many of the volunteers are at high-risk for COVID-19.
Now, Hope Dining Room is in its third week of serving meals again, albeit as take-out only.
Board member Shelley Hastings said that even though visitors can’t gather inside, it’s nice to once again be able to serve meals and reunite with regular guests.
“It’s rewarding to know people are OK and made it through the virus,” Hastings said.
She said she is trying to spread the word that Hope Dining Hall is open again, because so far, it has seen only a handful of people each day. Before the pandemic, it served between 65 and 100 people per day.
The meals are served weekdays between noon and 1 p.m.