Church inspired creates Compassion Kitchen to feed hungry

Church inspired by bible verse creates Compassion Kitchen to feed hungry

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At Cosby Church of God, members say their church is more than a building and they want to serve their neighbors. At Cosby Church of God, members say their church is more than a building and they want to serve their neighbors.
A warm meal is served for free and anyone is welcome. A warm meal is served for free and anyone is welcome.
A verse from the bible serves as inspiration for this outreach called the Compassion Kitchen. A verse from the bible serves as inspiration for this outreach called the Compassion Kitchen.
Some visiting for the first time say they were welcomed with smiles and wanted to give back. Some visiting for the first time say they were welcomed with smiles and wanted to give back.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

COSBY (WATE) - A local church is serving up compassion along with scripture every Wednesday night. Before service on Wednesday, the Cosby Church of God cooks and serves a meal for everyone in the community. Members volunteer their time and help pay for the food as a way to give back.

This outreach program is relatively new. In fact, the program has been running for only three weeks but members hope to spread the word and help feed even more people who may be going hungry.

At Cosby Church of God, members say their church is more than a building and they want to serve their neighbors.

"The closest soup kitchen is around 10 miles away and Cosby is a very large area. We would like to just take some pressure off of local families, bring them here so we can disciple them, love them, and provide them with a warm meal," said organizer Melissa Cureton.

A warm meal is served for free and anyone is welcome. A verse from the bible serves as inspiration for this outreach called the Compassion Kitchen.

"He was moved with compassion and that's when Jesus broke the bread and fed the 5,000 out of two loaves and five fish," added Cureton.

Members like Bryan Frazier say this meal is a blessing for all families in Cocke County.

"It's a Godsend. It helps out everybody and helps to get to know people. Jesus he had fellowship with the lost and the sinners and that's what this is, outreach," Frazier said. 

Some visiting for the first time say they were welcomed with smiles and wanted to give back.

"I cut up the tomatoes, helped with the noodles, and we just associated and cooked for the people," said visitor Esther Lundy.

Church members hope to cook and serve even more.

"We're open to whatever God wants us to do. This is just the beginning," added Cureton.

Organizers of Compassion Kitchen say they hope to also open up a food pantry out of their church.

If you would like to attend Compassion Kitchen dinner is served at 5:45pm and the church is located at 100 Deerfoot Road in Cosby.

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