TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Nearly one in five Mississippians worry about their next meal, that's according to Feeding America.
It's a statistic that one Tupelo organization battles every day. Saints' Brew is now in its 10th year of serving the community.
Mark Swanberg began volunteering with Saints' Brew when retiring.
"It started with donuts and coffee," Swanberg said.
Saints' Brew is a ministry that provides a hot breakfast Monday through Friday, targeting the homeless and the working poor.
Hannah Maharrey is a coordinator for the Homeless Prevention Outreach. Her role is to help connect the homeless with resources such as finishing their GED's or finding a job.
"There was no breakfast for people going out to a long shift or kids going off to school," Maharrey said.
Saints' Brew is a service that grew out of a vision and prayer.
"It went from that to cooking in crock pots to this beautiful kitchen," Swanberg said.
Saints' Brew is housed in the All Saints Episcopal Church on Jefferson Street.
Volunteers from all walks of faith cook and prepare a hot breakfast for 50 to 100 people during the work week.
"There are no questions asked. If you need a free, hot breakfast, you can walk through these doors," Maharrey said.
Kathy Byars said she is extremely grateful for the meals.
"It makes life a lot easier," said Byars.
More than 1,000 meals have been served through Saints' Brew since 2010.
The Saints' Brew ministry relies strictly on donations. Whether you are interested in donating your time or donating needed items for the breakfast, you can call the All Saints Church office at 662-842-4386.
Items needed at this time include coffee, creamer, sugar and cereal (no corn flakes thanks to a generous donation.)
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