Simpson United Methodist Church in Moundsville Partners With Restaurant to Serve Lunch

Photo by Alan Olson The Rev. Dennis Mehaffie leads volunteers in prayer before serving lunch at Simpson United Methodist Church’s Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen on Wednesday.

Dozens came to Moundsville’s Simpson United Methodist Church for a hot meal Wednesday morning, as the city’s Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant stepped up to give everyday volunteers a break.

Moundsville KFC General Manager Patricia Robinson said the restaurant’s parent company, Ampex, holds regular donations of food and money for their “Day of Giving.” Robinson sought permission to assist the church’s Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen in addition to their larger charitable efforts, as volunteers work throughout the week to provide hot meals to more than 150 residents, many of which are picked up or delivered to homes.

“This year, I said it’d be really nice if we could do a smaller ‘Day of Giving’ for our local community kitchen, because they work so hard every day. It’d be nice to give them a bit of a break,” Robinson said. “Our director of operations said that’s a wonderful idea … so what we’re doing today is giving out 250 meals to anyone in need of a hot meal.”

The 250 meal boxes were prepared at the restaurant and brought on site to be handed out by volunteers at the kitchen.

“They do such a good job down here. What they do for the people is just amazing,” Robinson said.

The church’s pastor, the Rev. Dennis Mehaffie, said the effort from KFC was appreciated, and that the charitable work done at the church is a calling for the volunteers.

“One of our goals is to be the hands and feet of Jesus,” he said. “This makes those kinds of things tangible for people, to let them know God cares about them. From a church perspective, that’s what they want to do. There’s no income requirements, so anyone can come here. If you’re living alone, tired of eating by yourself, you can come here.”

Local resident Nancy Knox said she greatly appreciated the work of the volunteers and the donation from KFC.

“They’re wonderful here. They’re all kind and nice, never a harsh word to say to anyone,” Knox said after receiving her meal.

Robinson also credited fellow managers Ron Williams and Rebecca Henry for helping organize the event.

Simpson UMC also hosts several other outreach efforts throughout the year and holiday season. On Saturday, Breakfast with Santa will be held along with a craft show from 9 a.m. to noon.

Additionally, the House of the Carpenter II, another ministry of the church, distributes food, clothes, and other household goods throughout the year. The church also hosts Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.