Group donates 1,276 lunches to St. Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter at 120 West Apple Street in Dayton (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Around 70 volunteers gathered inside the Living Hope Church Wednesday afternoon to make more than a thousand lunches for those in need.

“It brings a little peace to them that they don’t have to worry about their next meal,” said Niki Lee, Just A Little Lunch vice president.

Lee started Just A Little Lunch with her husband in their personal kitchen six years ago. The first year the Lee’s donated 50 lunches, every year since then their contributions have grown.

“This year we grew out of our kitchen and last year we were here at Living Hope Church and we made around 600 meals. This year we are doubling our efforts,” said Lee.

This Thanksgiving season, Just A Little Lunch donated 1,276 lunches to St. Vincent De Paul.

St. Vincent De Paul helped more than 100,000 people in 2014. Executive director, David Bohardt says he truly feels the sense of community this time of year.

“To bring even the smallest glimmer of happiness, hope or contentment to people who don’t get to experience that very much, so its a really good thing,” said Bohardt.

He says it’s important that outpouring of help continues year round.

“A lot of people they are moved by the spirit of the season, but poverty is a full time year long ‘victimizer’. It’s an equal opportunity ‘victimizer’ each and every day of the year,” said Bohardt.

If you’re interested in volunteering or donating to the shelter, call (937) 22207349 ext. 103.

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