Meridian, Miss. A local organization that feeds hundreds of people daily has a new home. After months of fundraising, Feed by Faith dedicated its new building Thursday.
Feed by Faith began almost 7 years ago. It started small, in the kitchen of Peggy Coleman. But over the years it has grown tremendously and now has a new building at 3401 5th Street in Meridian.
Feed by Faith is dedicated to helping feed those in the community who are hungry, both physically and spiritually.
"As it continued to grow, God continued to bless her for her obedience," said the Rev. Dan Lanier of Northcrest Baptist Church. "Today is the evidence of her obedience to God by providing this building and the opportunity to feed people and share the love of Jesus."
"It started from a vision from God, and I kind of ignored it for a while, because I didn't know where it was coming from. And it kept coming back," said Coleman. "I knew it was something I had to do."
Coleman it grew to something bigger than anything she expected.
Last year during Northcrest's Love Out Loud Week, Feed by Faith served over 1600 people.
Monday marks the beginning of 2014's Love Out Loud. Ministry officials say they hope that with a new building and a new location, they can feed even more than they ever have.
"Today we began our prayer vigil," Coleman said. "We're praying that we will be able to feed over 2,000 this coming week. It's exciting being able to minister; we love our city. We believe the church needs to get outside of the walls and we are to be the hands and feet of Christ."
Feed by Faith serves roughly 200 people each day, three days a week. That's about 20,000 meals served per year.
Much of that service is to Lauderdale County's homeless population, which Feed by Faith estimates at about 1300 people.