LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lion of Judah Ministries is organizing a community kitchen, using restaurants whose kitchens are less busy now that in house dining is restricted.
“The restaurants will prep the food in their kitchens and that food will then be handed over to the churches who will distribute it to the lists of names that we have in their communities,” said Vic Stanley, the Executive Director of LOJ Minitries and the owner of White Hart Cafe, a participating restaurant.
The mission is to feed people affected by coronavirus shut-downs, like elderly, low-income, and out of work families.
Organizers picked up some food on Friday, donated by Liberty University. Now that not as many students are on campus, school leaders say they have way more food than needed. Instead of letting it go to waste, the food will be donated to help the community.
“I know that at least this donations is going to help us feed 250 folks on Tuesday evening and maybe even more,” said Daniel Coco, also with White Hart Cafe.
LOJ is not the only organization getting food.
Workers on Friday prepared pallets of food to be placed on a truck and sent of to the Salvation Army. It’s part of about $20,000 worth of food that Liberty University is donating in partnership with Sodexo.
The Salvation Army will then distribute food to other groups.
“We have all this food that we’ve had here for a couple of weeks that we need to use for students,” said Louis Cambeletta, the Vice President of Auxilary Services at Liberty, “and clearly we don’t have the number of students here. So we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and be able to provide this food to the people in Lynchburg that really need it.”
Because of the pandemic, the number of students and staff on campus dropped from nearly 20,000 to about 2,000, and the University didn’t want extra food to go to waste.
“The last thing we want is to find out that we were having to throw food away when there’s such a big need in our area right now for food,” said Cambeletta.