Joy Frames, who is spearheading the project, said she came up with the idea because she knows there are people in her community without enough to eat.
“I do know several people in the community who go hungry and when I sit down to eat my breakfast, lunch or supper, whatever meal, I can hardly eat a bite thinking about them,” Frames said.
So she put a note on Facebook asking if anyone would be interested in having a dinner for area residents in need of a meal. She was flooded with offers of help, Frames said.
The Hollis Volunteer Fire Department offered its building as the location for the event. Fire Chief Dan Hopkins said he tries to make the building available for community events because there really is no other public building in the Hollis area.
“We’re funded by tax money,” Hopkins said. “Our building is owned by the citizens.”
He and the other firefighters have also seen firsthand the need in the Hollis area.
“We had several members volunteer,” Hopkins said.
Between 20 and 30 people volunteered to work at the event, Frames said. In addition, Frames has received donations of food and supplies for the dinner, she said.
She plans to serve anyone whether they’re hungry for food or for company, “anybody who just needs a good meal or fellowship.”
“It’s not targeted just for low-income residents,” Frames said. “It might be the richest person in Cleburne County who never gets a home-cooked meal.”
The meals Sunday will be free, but Frames said donations are welcome. She hopes to make the meal a monthly event.
Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.