Breakfast in Bishop: Feeding 120 people on a shoestring

For the first time since the pandemic started in March, I went on an overnight work trip last week.

I visited Alexander Memorial United Methodist Church, where every Thursday a small team led by Pastor Daniel Bradley cooks and delivers hot meals to hungry neighbors in and around Bishop, Virginia.

The church struggles financially. Last December, Daniel showed up at his superintendent’s office to report only $56 remained in the church bank account.

The Rev. Jane Taylor, Clinch Mountain District superintendent, is working on helping this resourceful church survive and thrive. In the meantime, they’re feeding a growing number of people amid addiction, poverty, and a pandemic.

Last Thursday, Daniel and his band of volunteers fed 120 people. This short video tells the story.

If you want to help Pastor Daniel feed his neighbors, contact the Clinch Mountain District office at 276-628-4421,, or give online to Alexander Memorial UMC (in the Clinch Mountain District) through the Holston Conference website.

See also this related story that I did for The Call: Struggling to survive: Church feeds neighbors on a shoestring (9.12.2020)

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