Church feeds stomachs, spirits

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Where can you get a plate full of piping hot grits, toast and your choice of bacon or sausage for just $1? Probably only one place on Earth &8212; Beulah Baptist Church on 710 B. St. in Natchez.

&8220;We are serving breakfast, but it&8217;s almost like we&8217;re giving it away,&8221; joked Pastor Carl Smith.

The church sells breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. every Saturday morning. Patrons can eat in the small kitchen in the back of the church, or take their food to go.

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Smith said the church isn&8217;t trying to raise money for anything specific, but that the breakfasts are a simple way to help others.

&8220;We&8217;re here to help the community. There are so many people that are hungry and we want to help them out in any small way we can. Or maybe a tired mom doesn&8217;t want to cook breakfast on a Saturday morning. We want to try to serve them.&8221;

Smith estimated that the church feeds about 150 people each week.

&8220;Sometimes people will donate a little more money,&8221; he said. &8220;And then there are others that can&8217;t pay, and we just give out plates for them.&8221;

Three to four people wake up bright and early each Saturday to cook the breakfasts.

&8220;We have fruit, too. And apple juice and orange juice,&8221; said Mary Cubie, who arrives at the church&8217;s kitchen at 5:30 a.m. to get everything ready.

Beulah Baptist has many other programs that try to &8220;reach out to the community,&8221; said Smith. Things like motivational speakers and praise dancing are things that the church takes pride in.

For more information on the church&8217;s weekly breakfasts or their other programs, call 601-442-6150.