Decatur pastor fills a void and provides more meals to hungry and homeless


A Decatur pastor is meeting the needs of the growing homeless and hungry population.

Pastor Harold Coomer said he needed to do something after hearing a local soup kitchen was closing.  For the first time today, he served three hot meals to hungry families in Decatur. 

It’s dinner time at Harold Coomer Evangelistic Association.  It’s the third hot meal those who are struggling financially or homeless are receiving today.  

“We’re serving about 1,250 people a month right now,” said Coomer. 

And that number is expected to grow now that Coomer has added lunch on Mondays and Thursdays. The pastor who was already providing breakfast and dinner says god told him to add two more meals. 

“When I heard that CCC was closing I immediately went to prayer about that and I really felt that God was saying go ahead and feel that void,” Coomer said.

From now on the hungry can enjoy three meals on Mondays and Thursdays, two meals on Tuesdays, and lunch on Wednesdays. Donations from the community keeps the ministry going. 

“It takes somewhere between nine to $14,000 a month to operate this and I never ask for money, it just comes,” he explained. 

And the folks who come are not only being fed physically but spiritually. 

“Food is bait, like you go fishing and you gotta have bait. Well the food is bait to get them in the door. And our rule is at night you have to stay for the services and I could tell you some wonderful stories of people that have had their lives changed unbelievably,” Coomer added.

Coomer said he has baptized 21 people in last 9 weeks.

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