Bethel AME Church in Macon is holding a free drive-thru fish fry event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, where people can drive or walk up and receive a free fish sandwich meal. The church, located at 3607 Earl Street, is also taking canned food donations during the event, all in hopes of raising awareness for homelessness and hunger.
The church held the same event in August, where they fed 431 people and received 231 canned food donations.
Marvin Colbert, the pastor at Bethel AME, said people who attend Saturday’s event will be given a meal consisting of a fish sandwich, a bag of chips and a bottle of water. Colbert said they will have 500 meals prepared and will be giving them to each person in a car until they run out. The church will also be accepting canned food items at the same time from people who wish to donate. Their goal is to raise 1,000 canned goods. “If we can get two cans per meal, our goal will be met,” he said.
The canned food donations will go to their partner, the Rescue Mission of Central Georgia.
The upcoming event and the one in August are both part of the year-long project aiming to raise awareness for homelessness and hunger that began in May and will continue until next May.
Colbert said the fish fry event was inspired by the Bible story where Jesus feeds 5,000 people with fish and bread. Just like the Bible story, the church’s goal is to feed 5,000 people by the end of their fiscal year next May. They have already fed 3,000 people in total so far between various events.
Before services on Sunday mornings, the church offers free breakfasts to homeless and hungry individuals. They also open their food pantry to those in need on the third Tuesday of every month.
“It’s not a fundraiser. It’s not for us. It’s not for the church. It’s to give and to raise awareness,” Colbert said.