LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Only six people showed up for a hot meal today at Lynchburg Daily Bread’s new outreach site at the Templeton Senior Center, in contrast to other sites where over 100 meals are served.
Tracy Dixon, the executive director of the homeless food kitchen, said it doesn’t mean hunger doesn’t exist.
Dixon said last year nearly 79,000 meals were served throughout Lynchburg and surrounding area, compared to about 75,000 meals in 2018.
She said the low numbers are expected at a new site. As the community becomes aware of the program, she added, the number of meals served will increase.
According to the organization’s website, it serves a wide range of the people in the community which “include workers who are recently unemployed or those with temporary or part-time jobs who can’t make ends meet.”
“We also serve the elderly and the disabled on fixed incomes, families with small children/babies, single parents and persons with mental health challenges.”
Approximately 40% of the guests are over the age of 50, according to its website.
The people served include families with children. Those numbers continue to grow.
Beginning Jan. 16, hot meals will be served free of charge every Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Templeton Senior Center, located at 225 Wiggington Rd. Meals can be eaten at the center or taken to-go.
For a complete list of sites with days and times that hot meals are provided or to learn about how to volunteer, click here.