SourcePoint delivers Meals on Wheels throughout Delaware County, provides meals at Studio 60 in the SourcePoint senior center on Cheshire Road, and provides lunches at a number of sit-down locations around the county.
In eastern Delaware County, SourcePoint has been serving lunch at Rainbow Apartments; but last week a second Big Walnut area SourcePoint lunch location opened at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, located at the State Route 37/Carters Corners Road intersection west of Sunbury.
The SourcePoint/SJN collaboration is part of the St. John Neumann Good Samaritan Ministry, said church pastor Father David Sizemore. The meals are free but you should preregister by calling 740-203-2432 by 8:30 a.m. the morning of the meal. They will be served family-style every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower level of the parish offices.
“It’s such a privilege for our parish to be able to partner with SourcePoint to provide this service to the community,” Sizemore said. “We have been so blessed by the generosity of our parishioners and the residents of the Sunbury and Galena areas; now it’s our turn to give back.”
Sizemore said he firmly believes that spiritual growth comes through service to others.
“This is what Pope Francis is calling all of us to do – to go out and work among the people and get our hands and feet dirty,” Sizemore said. “We can study God’s word, read books and the like, but in order to truly know Christ’s love for us, we have to experience it through acts of giving as Christ himself would have done.”
Sizemore said that on the first Monday of the new ministry, 18 meals were served at the SJN center; on the first Wednesday they served 14 meals. He said St. John Neumann has the capacity to serve up to 50 guests in the current location; when that space is outgrown, the dining center will move to the Faith & Family Center where more than 150 guests could be served.
“It’s important for the community to know that this meal is available to anyone age 60 and over,” Sizemore said. “It’s not based on income. It’s an opportunity for seniors to come together to share a meal, a conversation, and create new friendships.”
Sizemore said that when the program takes root in the community, St. John will look at expanding the number of days that meals are offered, and will provide activities for guests.
St. John Neumann Catholic Church is located at 9633 E. State Route 37, west of Sunbury. For more information about St. John Neumann ministries and the free senior lunch program, call 749-965-1358.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093