The number was less than initial expectations of around 50. However, Voluntary Action Center (VAC) Director Stacy Long said she expects more people to come each week.
Board members ran a van through the community to pick people up and take them home after the lunch that lasted from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lunch will be served Wednesday, June 15 by Maranatha North Georgia Church in Calhoun from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the same location in the VAC parking lot.
Long said starting next week, the VAC will start providing toiletries to those who need them. There will also be fliers and notices around the community to promote this week’s free meal.
“We want to encourage anyone to come and eat,” said Long. “We want the Community Kitchen to be a place where everyone feels welcome regardless of station, situation or financial position.”
Long said she wants people to know that they should not feel guilty accepting free food. It is a community kitchen, and everyone should feel welcome, she said.
People can give donations while eating at the community kitchen, she said.
A grand opening of the facility is planned when a permanent location is available.