FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Not far from the sanctuary, Pastor Vertise Rozier's congregation is hard at work in Hope's Kitchen as they prepare for this week's community feast.
"It's about giving back to the community and doing what Christ would do," Rozier said.
Armed with 300 plates of cabbage, stir fry rolls and hot sauce, the Cathedral of Faith Family Praise Center has food for the masses. In the past two years, the church has dished out an estimated 10,000 plates to people in Forsyth and the crowd keeps growing.
There are no requirements, fees, stipulations or limits. Every Saturday from 12-3 p.m. everyone is invited to stay and eat, or grab a plate to take home. Rozier tells families, "take as much as you need."
For senior citizens, like Norma Lee Mitchell, volunteers hit the road and deliver her hot meal right to her door.
"I think it's just so wonderful that the people who love God will get out and help those who aren't quite fortunate enough to be able to help themselves," Mitchell said.
Fortunately, for Lee and the rest of the community, Hope's Kitchen pantry has never run dry, but feeding hundreds once a week comes with a price.
"It does cost us," Rozier said, "But this is what I believe, 10% of what we bring in has to go back to the community."
The way he sees it, no one has ever become poor by giving hope.