By Cornelia de Bruin
Triplicate staff writer
The newest Crescent City program to tackle feeding the homeless and low-income is itself homeless.
Our Daily Bread Ministries, began serving meals about four months ago to anyone who needed them. Since then it has provided 2,400 meals.
But the ministry will end this week with a big question mark where its future lies.
"We served our last feed in the old Crescent Electric Building last Friday," said Rachel Justice. "We have a temporary place for this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the option of renting the place."
The ministry also has found a new place, but at $1,000 per month, affording a rent is out of the question.
"We have a lot of irons in the fire, but we really need some support from the community," Justice said. "We will need a place after this week unless one of the churches steps up to the plate."
Our Daily Bread is looking for a facility that includes a commercial kitchen. The ministry has received help in the form of donations from churches, individuals and businesses.
Those donations furnish part of the meals, but the ministry also incurs gas and dumping costs.
For the most part, it has been paying the bulk from its own pockets.
"We need substantial help to get into a permanent place," Justice said. "We're hoping for a place so we can serve meals five nights a week."
Some of her clients get their only meals from Our Daily Bread, she said.