More Than a Meal
"Go in peace, be warmed and be fed..."James 2:16
The Weekend Lunch program has served the needs of downtown Macon since the mid-1990s. What started as an opportunity to help feed the homeless, hungry, and less fortunate in a safe and enjoyable environment has since grown into a program that delivers far more than a meal to our community.
Meal Serving Times
Lunches Available Saturday and Sunday Starting at 11:30 AM
Meals are served at Jones Chapel at Christ Church on Walnut Street Lane.
How to Volunteer
Weekend Lunch operates through teams of volunteers that serve together 4-6 times during the year. Our teams consist of compassionate people from various churches, religious organizations, community groups, and individual organizations. Guided by the team leader, each volunteer group provides an average of 320 meals per weekend in downtown Macon.
Additional Ways to Serve
Alongside our mission to provide nourishing meals, Weekend Lunch’s volunteers and partners equip guests with hygiene kits, crocheted hats, and scarves. During cold months, warm clothes and blankets are also distributed. We even provide guests the opportunity to obtain information on health and safety throughout the year.
2021 Weekend Lunch Stats:
Ministries & Partner Organizations Involved
"Serve one another humbly in love." Galatians 5:13
Thank you to our marquee sponsor, Beth Yeshua, and all Weekend Lunch partnership organizations that make this ministry possible.
Weekend Lunch Board of Directors
Hal Brickle, Executive Director
Dr. Hal Brickle, EdD is the executive director of Weekend Lunch and is a committed, compassionate presence in downtown Macon. A native of Middle, Georgia, Hal has journeyed across the state since he was 18 years old, pursuing education and shaping his career as an educational instructor to students with special needs. He has served in ministry positions for many years and has welcomed opportunities to help those less fortunate. His return to Macon to take care of family led him to begin serving the hungry through Christ Church’s Weekend Lunch program.
Food preparation and community service is my passion. Creating a delicious meal and putting it into the hands of those hungry and less fortunate is my calling. As director, I work alongside teams of volunteers with a similar mission which provides me with enormous fulfillment. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve those less fortunate and blessed to be a part of such a beautiful ministry.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to apply my administrative knowledge and experience to better the ministry of Weekend Lunch!"
Jonathan Poe, Administration & Finance
"I love the comradery I experience with my fellow volunteers. I feel uplifted preparing meals for our guests and seeing the appreciation on their faces and expressions of gratitude."
Blair Train, Christ Church Coordinator
"I am blessed to have the opportunity to volunteer with the Weekend Lunch ministry. It has always been a passion of mine to help and serve others."
Denise Lester, Operations & Community Outreach
"I am honored to be serving on the board of Weekend Lunch. I love that Weekend Lunch helps address the needs of people who are struggling in our community. Just about everyone these days is living with some form of self-doubt, and it is through connection with and service to others that we experience confidence in our better natures."
Gaye Martel, Pantry Manager & Community Outreach
"I am proud to be a part the Weekend Lunch Ministry; I am glad I can use my experience in the food service industry towards helping serve Christ Church and my community."
Mickey Rivers, Food Pick-Up & Christ Church Team Lead
"Being on the board for Weekend Lunch adds that extra special ‘Hands-On’ part of community service while helping feed those less fortunate. I truly enjoy it!"
Bill Gifford, Christ Church Volunteer Coordinator
"I am honored and thrilled to be a part of this fantastic ministry. It’s a blessing to be given the opportunity to impact the lives of so many people in our community!"
Tommy Campbell, Spiritual Advisor
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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