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Mission Waco provides hot meal to anyone in need each Friday

Posted at 6:08 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 08:38:14-04

WACO, TX — Many gather at the Meyer Center in Waco each week to partake in a home cooked Friday morning breakfast.

With help from Mission Waco, volunteers and others bring in food, cook and serve to the ones who may not receive a hot meal each day.

For many, this is the only full meal they get for the week and they couldn't be more grateful for the volunteers.

Gene Chillous is a regular to the weekly breakfast, he has a hard time passing up the good food.

"The food is actually cooked fresh and it's very delicious with a little salt pepper and Tabasco sauce," Chillous said.

He not only enjoys that his belly is full, but that he can take this time to enjoy everyone's company.

"It's just everybody coming together and it amazes me because we have no fights, very few arguments," Chillous said. "People acting human and there's food."

Volunteer coordinator Brandon Le loves what he does, and likes to see that he is helping put a smile on so many faces.

"It's just being grateful just to be here, you get a cup of coffee, conversation, but its just always a place of blessing and gratefulness," Le said.

Cooking usually starts at 6 a.m. until around 6:30 a.m., and after a short prayer, it's time to serve the food. During the summer is when they see the most people come in for food and when volunteers begin to drop.

"Up to 100, up to 150 people crowding in this little area right here," Le said.

Usually, Le tries to set up different groups and organizations in the community to provide and cook each week, but with most on vacation their volunteer list drops.

Nonetheless, a Friday morning breakfast will never be skipped and no one will be turned away, because everyone is welcome.

"Not everybody can receive a hot meal everyday so we try to be that group to get that hot meal," Le said.

For more information on Friday morning breakfast and how to help, visit the Mission Waco website.