Church lunch filling GCHS bellies

September 14, 2011 • Chelsea Jackson, Staff Writer  
Filed under Feature

For many high school students, school lunches

can get old fast. While many sophomores at Garden City High School and all
upperclassmen currently have the option of leaving for lunch, the fast-food
alternative to school lunches can be pricy and time is limited to get across
town. That’s why every Tuesday and Thursday, chances are you’ll find a lot of
high school students spending the lunch hour at two local churches, who both
offer free meals once  a week.

“I think church lunches benefit kids
because it’s right by campus, it’s free, and the people are so nice,”
sophomore Gina Resley said. Every Tuesday, the Methodist Church invites
students to come and take a break from cafeteria food and enjoy something
different. The church feeds an average of
200 kids per week.

“Our main goal is to just
get as many kids here as possible to come in to lunch and be a part of the
youth ministry,” Jane Johnson said. Methodist Church lunches were started by
Tom Rishel in 1996.

“We have several ladies
who donate time to serve lunch and help out,” Johnson said. Johnson has been
helping serve at the Methodist church for five years.

“My favorite part about church lunch is
how good the food is and how full I am when I leave,” sophomore Jessica
Bernasky said. The other lunch offering free meals to students is Garden Valley
Church, which is open for “Lunch on Us” every Thursday. Garden Valley has a
similar program to the Methodist Church program.

“There’s not typically a
long wait and the food is great,” Resley said. Along with feeding the students
lunch, Garden Valley also has some kind of a “theme” or story every week to go
along with a particular prayer.

“I like that
everybody there just stops what they’re doing and takes time to pray,”
Resley said. Overall, the lunches at Garden Valley Church and Methodist Church
offer an alternative to school lunches.

“It’s a safe place to eat,
and you can get a free decent meal.” Sophomore Ashley Longoria said. With an
average of 200 kids per week, church lunches have proven to be a traditional
hit.

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