BUCKHANNON — The Upshur Parish House is excited to announce they will resume their weekly lunch program starting Thursday, March 11. Although the meals typically consisted of in-person fellowship within the building three days a week, they will now be offered for take-out/to go only, in order to maintain the health and safety of neighbors during the pandemic. These lunches will continue every Thursday until further notice.
“Anyone who is wanting a meal is welcome to come by,” Upshur Parish House and Crosslines Director Kristi Wilkerson noted. The meal will depend on whatever is available at the Parish House, which will include hot and cold lunches depending on the week, she explained. “The menu will be different each week,” Wilkerson stated.
One of the Parish House’s volunteers, Brother Roy Madigan, will be coordinating the bag lunches, while he is currently on sabbatical from his assignment with the Catholic Church. Brother Roy will be working with a team from his church, the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. They will distribute the meals from the front porch of the Parish House, located at 68 College Avenue, from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday.
Brother Roy explained bagged lunches will be placed on a table on the front porch, so neighbors will be handed their bag and exit the porch. “It’ll move right along,” he stated.
“When we served hot meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays prior to the pandemic, Brother Roy cooked and served every Wednesday with other volunteers from Holy Rosary. He’s the perfect person to help us resume our lunch program. We appreciate the many ways Brother Roy has always served Crosslines and the Parish House, and we know our neighbors will be excited to visit with him again. We are also pleased to be able to serve our community by providing a meal again for those who need it,” explained Wilkerson. Masks and physical distancing are required when picking up a lunch, she added.
Wilkerson said that the ultimate goal is to return to three days a week in the future. When they could meet inside, she mentioned they would host approximately 30-35 neighbors. Chapel Hill UMC currently provides dinners on Wednesdays, so although Thursday isn’t a normal day for the Parish House, they are starting there until they work back up to the three days a week. “Recently, when we’ve done meals, we have had about 100, so we aren’t sure how many to expect,” Wilkerson explained.
It has been almost a year since Brother Roy has volunteered at the Parish House, according to Wilkerson. “The community knows Brother Roy, so I think they will enjoy getting to stop by and say hello,” she added. “It will be nice seeing the neighbors,” Brother Roy expressed.