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Los Angeles Church Serves Skid Row

Jun 4, 2012 — Skid Row in Los Angeles, Calif., contains one of the largest populations of people who are homeless in the United States. And that’s where Oaks of Righteousness Christian Reformed Church, Los Angeles, is ministering with its 5 Breads and 2 Fish restaurant.

Members of Oaks of Righteousness CRC serve lunch at 5 Breads and 2 Fish restaurant.

“We are serving hot meals to about 2,000 customers every day,” said Jaesung Moon, a copastor of the church.

The restaurant runs every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The food is donated, and the serving is done by volunteers. As long as someone is in line by 4 p.m., he or she will be fed.

Still hungry? People can eat as many times as they want as long as they get back into line.

Some of those who eat at 5 Breads and 2 Fish also volunteer to help serve.

The restaurant goes through 200 pounds of rice every day, as well as fresh vegetables, meat, and breads.

Joon Lee, the church’s other pastor, said there is no free meal. “It’s a paid meal. Meals on Jesus. You don’t have to pay for the food because Jesus paid it all,” he said. “So we always say as our greetings to our customers, ‘Thanks for coming!’ and ‘Meals on Jesus!’”

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Jonathan Kim is the Banner's regional news correspondent for classis Pacific Hanmi.

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