Church suspends meals for homeless after violent incidents
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Church officials in West Virginia’s largest city say violent incidents have led them to temporarily stop offering a weekly meal service to homeless individuals.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Sunday that officials of Christ Church United Methodist say there has been more than one incident in October during Breaking Bread, a dinner program the church hosts each Wednesday.
The Rev. Jay Parkins says a man flipped over dinner tables and fought with other guests in the month’s second incident. He says church officials will meet this week to decide how to continue the program in a safer way.
Parkins says the program serves roughly 1,200 people each month.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.