ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla.—At Faith Baptist Church, a fish dinner not only feeds the church family and community but also brings in funds for the church’s food bank.
Two fishermen from the church, Leroy and Bob Simmons, a father and son, donate a day’s catch of freshwater fish to the church. Volunteers fry the fish under the building’s breezeway and provide sides and desserts.
Last year the church offered the dinners only as takeout. But this year people could either take the meals home or eat them at the church.
The church calls the event Winner Winner Fish Dinner. And the dinner is indeed a win-win. Although the meal is free, the church suggests a five dollar donation for each one. The proceeds go toward the church’s food bank account. With people buying not just one meal but at least three or four, this year’s dinner brought in over $900.
“The funds allow us to go purchase food for the needy in our community,” says Pastor Mike Jayne. Being able to purchase food for the community multiplies the church’s impact and shows the love of God, Mike says.
He hopes this ministry idea inspires others “to keep multiplying the fish to feed the masses.”