"If one of you says to him, 'Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed', but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." James 2:16-17.
I know that this verse is a little intense, but James' straight forward approach to faith has always appealed to me. It's not enough to pray for well-being and health for others, it is just as important to actually be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Our Parkland community is a very low income; providing free meals not only gives the members of the community a place to get a healthy meal, but it allows space for our own church community to connect (hopefully with our neighbors). Food is a natural bridge, it spans differences and smooths tempers. Friends are made at the family table.
At Parkland Foursquare we want to allow for the comfort and community that good food brings, giving opportunity for authentic relationships that extend beyond the service greeting. So, we eat together at least once a month.