Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church offers free Wednesday night meals via drive-thru


Vinton, Va. (WFXR) — Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church is bringing back their Wednesday night meal service, this time with a twist.

Pastor B Failes says Wednesday night dinners at the church started as a way to build community. The church has been offering the sit-down meals for a number of years.

“It wasn’t just for people that were needy but anybody that wanted to come and eat, and we thought that the best way to build community in a group is to have people come together and eat.”

Pastor B Failes, Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church

The meals have certainly built community.  Pastor B Failes encouraged Vinton Pastor, Frank Broughman of  Under the Bridge Ministry to bring members and visitors of his congregation to partake in the meal service as well. Pastor Broughman says the dinners have been much appreciated.

“I have a group of kids that used to come in through Reach and a lot of the food that was leftover from here they’d give to me to take back to the church and I would feed the kids with it. They sent me a great big poster board folded into two that all of them signed and it said. ‘thank you, Pastor Frank'”

Pastor Frank Broughman, Under the Bridge Ministry

Now, with the Coronavirus pandemic and gatherings limited, Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church wants to continue to be a resource. Therefore, the congregation has shifted to a drive-thru meal service on Wednesdays from 5 – 6 pm. Those interested in grabbing a meal can simply drive up and have a complimentary dinner hand-delivered.

The service isn’t based on need.

“Our drive-through is for anybody, anybody. It’s not just for those in need but anybody that just doesn’t want to have to think about what they’re going to cook for dinner on Wednesday night.”

Pastor B Failes, Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church

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