Approximately 50 senior citizens from throughout Franklin County turned out Thursday for a free meal at the Henry Fork Church of the Brethren on Doe Run Road.

Franklin County senior citizens can be treated to a free meal once a month thanks to a joint effort by the Henry Fork Church of the Brethren and the Living Waters Assembly of God, located next door to each other on Doe Run Road, just off South Main Street in Rocky Mount.

The meal, prepared by master chef Robert Iuppa, is served starting at 11 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, according to Rev. Ron Coleman of the Henry Fork Church and Roger Jones, pastor of Living Waters.

The program ends at 1 p.m. to allow time to eat and enjoy the fellowship. On occasion, the group will play bingo for prizes given by the churches.

Expenses for the project, which was started last August, is shared 50-50, according to the two ministers.

“We would like to emphasize the meal is for any senior citizen in the county, regardless of church affiliation,” Jones said. “This is all about fellowship and good food. We’ve had as many as 100 [people] one month,” Coleman added.

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