Busch Gardens Orlando

Local food banks foster community

Local food banks foster community

Extravagant meals spent in the company of loved ones serve as a highlight of the holiday season for many in the community. But for others, dinner doesn’t make it to the table so easily.

“There are a lot of needs in this community,” said Stephanie Slocum. “I think there’s a lack of knowledge of those needs.”

Slocum has started a community kitchen program through Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission, a coalition of 22 faith groups. The program hosts a lunch at Slocum’s church, Williamsburg United Methodist, every Friday. Anyone who is hungry is welcome, no questions asked.

“I’ve always had a passion to help those who are food insecure,” she said. “You can’t imagine what...