LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Christian Food Mission debuted their new facility and location Thursday during a ribbon cutting and open house. Supporters gathered to see the renovated building.
"Actually, we've been seeking a new home for six or seven years and its been a slow process ," said Christian Food Mission board president, Steve Thrash. "We would find something and it would fall through or it wouldn't come to fruition."
Thrash says the building had to be completely gutted as it was the old Moose Lounge and wasn't originally suited for their needs.
"Now, since we've moved in here we've been renovating for about a year," he said. "We bought the property in April of last year in 2017 and we were able to move in just a month ago."
Prior to moving to 2507 Moose Drive, the building sat at 506 Chantilly Street. Since December 25, 1982, the organization has served meals to the needy in Jones County. It became a non-profit on June 16, 1987 with the help of a small group of volunteers.
"The building was kind of getting old and dilapidated in some parts and we needed a new home," said Thrash. "So, we were actually able to go out and seek property or building or something to move to and this property became available and God-willing we were able to purchase this building."
With more space than before, Thrash says there are more options for the organization.
"We hope to get more volunteers, because we can prepare more meals now," Thrash said. "And now, we have more facilities for people to meet here and we even have the possibility of renting out the building to other people and other meetings."
According to Christian Food Mission's website, their purpose is "to provide food for the needy and elderly and to effectively reach people with the truth of the Bible and the love of Jesus Christ." The resources provided to them typically come from churches and donations.