Local church offers free Easter meal for community - KOAM TV 7

Local church offers free Easter meal for community


The Easter holiday is a time when churches celebrate Jesus's resurrection with morning services and dinners. But one local church is hoping to spread Jesus's message even beyond this day.

At Our lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg, free food and fellowship unite a community.

"It really brings people together...like church buddies." says volunteer helper, Christine Muoglau. 

With over 200 meals boxed up and ready to go out for delivery, along with additional hundreds ready to serve, members of even the youngest age helped spread the word...Christ is Risen!

"Easter means to me being with your family and Jesus' resurrection because it's so important to all of us." says volunteer helper, Olivia Bryands.

The meal included all the traditional Easter fix-ins. But many are thankful for more than just the food...Some residents simply enjoy the happiness that the holiday brings.

"My family comes in and we all eat dinner together, and we go to mass together, and the Easter egg hunt we have at my grandmas" helper, Kate Radell tells us.

"I went downstairs and peeked in my Easter basket, and we looked and then we woke my mom up and we got all dressed and got our hair ready." 8 year old Zoey Smith says.

"I have two younger siblings, so we usually have an Easter egg hunt." says Sophia Piccini.

 "We're just going to relax this afternoon. Read the paper and watch the news." Kathie Lougher & Timothy Lougher explain of their day off.

"We're just excited to provide a meal for anyone who wanted to come and have a meal." says Easter Community Dinner Committee member, and member of the church, Nancy Hicks.

But while breaking bread together unites them in one way, its their beliefs that unite them in an even stronger way.

"It is the most important feast we celebrate. Christmas is obviously very special, the birth of jesus, but the resurrection on easter is absolutely the most special feast that we have in our church year." Hicks explains.

The meal came at no charge for the community. Organizers say with today's successful meal, they are already preparing for higher numbers next year.

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