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Serving Meals to the Masses at TRBC

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Reporter:  Shelley Basinger l Videojournalist:  Brian Whitesell

Lynchburg, VA - Outreach efforts at Thomas Road Baptist Church are starting to wind down as more people get their power back.

Church officials have decided to close the shelter at 10 a.m. on Saturday. 

Taking a look back at the week, it's incredible what volunteers have accomplished.  Volunteers had to plan so many meals without an exact head count.

First, Debbie Baker – TRBC's food coordinator - says she and another caterer from North Carolina sat down and planned out the meals.  They went shopping, mainly at U.S. Foods and Sam's Club.  Then, donations from local restaurants like Panera Bread and Texas Roadhouse helped fill in the holes in the menu.

At lunch and dinner, TRBC served between 650 to 1000 people per meal this week.  They also made box lunches for people in the medical clinic.

"You know, you really don't know how many.  You just guess.  But praise the Lord, we had enough food.  We've had enough food the whole time.  We haven't run out," said Baker.

Baker would usually get there about 6 a.m. and leave about 10 p.m. when everything was cleaned up.  She herself was without power at home until Wednesday.

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