'Lunch Bunch' hands out free meals in Redding

Jul 23, 2014 7:59 PM by Charlene Cheng

Meet the Lunch Brunch, two women who pass out free meals on the last two Wednesdays of every month.

"Towards the end of the month, a lot of people are looking in trash cans and stuff like that for food," said Sherry Redmond, who started the organization in 2010.

Redmond is no stranger to being on the streets.

"When I was younger, I was living in my car with my one-year-old daughter, and it's a really hard situation," she said.

Becky Barnes joined her two years ago.

These days, the pair prepares food for over 100 people each time they head out.

"It's rough these days, and everybody needs a little extra hand. We believe that they're human beings as well, they need a smile and encouragement, some hope, you know," Barnes said.

While the Lunch Bunch is happy to provide food to those in need, they have bigger goals in mind.

We have helped people actually get off the street. We were donated some very nice clothing for people to do interviews with, and we gave them some, and one guy actually got a job. We helped get them off the street just by providing them with hope," Barnes said.

The Lunch Bunch ladies say they wouldn't be able to do what they do without help from the community.

"They donate food items, clothes, hygiene products, really without the community we wouldn't be running," Redmond said.

The Lunch Bunch is currently also collecting contributions for the Bully Fire.

Their drop-off locations are at the Fusion Pit at the Anderson Outlets and Nor Cal Vape on Hilltop Drive in Redding.

You can also call Becky Barnes at (530) 365-3393 to make a donation.


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