Just after noon every Wednesday a truck backs along the driveway on the north side of the church. People start to unload boxes of food and bring them down the steps into the church kitchen.
Across the street in the parking lot the workers get out of their cars. Carrying knives and aprons they start across the street and enter the hallway leading to the kitchen.
The ingredients for the Wednesday Evening Many Meals have arrived.
Nothing compares to the pain of hunger.
Many Meals is a concentrated effort between First Presbyterian and the SPIRIT of Santa Paula to reach out to our community providing a hot meal (eat-in or take-out) and a food pantry.
Sometimes it is the homeless who come each Wednesday between 5 and 6 PM. Sometimes it is simply people on a fixed income whose dollar have been stretch to the limit.
Photo: Wednesday afternoon and preparation of nearly 500 meals starts for the afternoon.