As of last week the church was a little nervous that people weren't signing up for the free meals. Office administrator Kristen Craido said only about 150 people had signed up. Since that time the number has doubled, but they have typically served over 400 meals a year. They don't want anyone left out. Last year with COVID 19 they weren't able to provide the meals so they want to remind everyone they are back and wanting to warm bellies..
They are still accepting names and they really want to help provide the turkey dinners with mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy along with a special green bean with bacon side dish recipe, cranberry sauce and a piece of pumpkin pie.
The combined church meal is possible because of the many volunteers from the community and even other churches. "It's an amazing amount of people who want to help," Frenz said. She told stories about people wanting to help because their parents or grandparents helped and they want to keep passing that down to the next generation.
Though they always could use more help. "We don't have enough drivers," said Jeff Clark who was helping organize delivery routes. He said they'll figure it out but would accept more drivers if anyone steps forward. Anyone able to help can call (814) 676 - 9122
They serve most meals in the Oil City area, but have some requests from Seneca, Franklin and Dempseytown as well. And they try to get them delivered on Thanksgiving between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
There are more churches and organizations also providing meals this year so the lower numbers could be a result of that, but Frenz, nor the kitchen full of volunteers, want anyone to go hungry.
The church also announced they are starting up their twice a month free meals served at the Zion Church downtown.
Every second and last Tuesday of the month they serve dozens of people in need through grants and donations. Anyone wishing to help these programs can call the office for more information or send donations to the church.
More information can also be found on their website. www.goodhopezionlutheranoilcity.org