Nearly 21% of Columbus residents live below the poverty line. Making ends meet is a huge struggle for many of our Columbus neighbors, and that includes finding the resources to provide nutritious meals.

Valley Rescue Mission stands ready to meet this need through our daily Loaves & Fishes Meal Ticket program. Each day, our dining room doors open at 3:45 p.m. for anyone in need to enter and find a warm smile, an encouraging word, and a healthy meal. We start with a brief devotional thought, a prayer of thanks for the provision of the food, and then it’s meal time.

During the summer months, we have many families with children join us; their kids receive a free lunch at school during the academic year, but stretched finances may not allow for feeding them adequately when they’re home for the summer. We are always glad to see them.

Your donations of food and finances make this free program possible. Your hands-on involvement is needed too! We need folks to come in and help prepare the meals, serve them in the food line, and then help with some light clean-up afterward. Both individuals and small groups of 6-8 volunteers are welcome. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 706-322-8267, ext. 204, for more details.