WASHINGTON (AP) - In a city park 4 blocks from the White House,
members of Washington-area churches hand out food along with
Communion and prayers around lunchtime every Tuesday.
It's called Street Church, and volunteer John Miers says the tough economy has more needy and homeless people accepting the free food and ministry. Miers says he drives into Washington from the Maryland suburbs once a month to help out.
Lonnie Robertson, who says he's been on both the giving and receiving end of Street Church, says donors may give money to charities, but the poor also need the personal presence of caring
Street Church is a ministry of Washington's Episcopal Church of the Epiphany.
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