EUGENE, Ore. — As families gathered around their tables at home Thursday, folks at the Friendly Street Church of God welcomed the community to be a part of theirs.
About 200 people came through for a meal that afternoon. With the help of 40 volunteers, the church made sure each person got some much needed attention.
“It’s about community. It’s about a place where folks can go to feel safe and at home,” said Mike Mugford, the church pastor.
Dinner attendee John Presco said, “We’re treated as equals. We’re not being lined up like we’re joining the army or you know it’s some kind of Depression Era handout.”
After the community dinner, volunteers went down to the Washington-Jefferson bridge to distribute more meals and warm clothing.