Feed the Hungry

rusader Feeds the hungry

Vision inspired work, which has outgrown home.

 

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BY IRENE WRIGHT
The Cincinnati Enquirer

IDDLETOWN - Louella Thompson began a personal crusade in 1987 to feed the hungry the fourth Saturday of every month. 

"I had a vision to do that,"  she said. " I had worried for three years about hungry people and decided to feed them myself." 

She started out providing 250 people with carry-out lunches from her home on Yankee Road.  Now Thompson and her helpers feed about 600 people a month - still from her home.  The most she ever fed at a time was 1, 100. 

The next step in Thompson's crusade comes early next year.  she plans to go door-to-door soliciting money to complete a two-story brick building started several years ago to house the meals project.

"I'm going to have the building finished in 1995.  It has sat unfinished about a year," said Thompson, 69, who is also a beautician.

A total of $150,000 is invested in the building adjacent to Thompson's

How to Donate

Checks:

Payable to
Feed the Hungry Project 
Box 876,
Middletown, 45042

FOOD

Send or deliver to
 828 Yankee Road, Middletown.

Coffee, sugar and other staples are needed on a regular basis, and traditional Thanksgiving foods are needed for a holiday dinners.

Information

For information on how you can help call
(513) 423-9032.

A special thank you to all who donate your time or money to help in feed the  hunger.

home, but it's a shell.  About $80,000 will get construction started again, and $120,00 more is needed to finish it.  Former Vice President Dan Quayle visited the building project in 1989.  " I was shocked that he would come to a place I was getting together,"  Thompson said. "We have no doubt the money will come from somewhere.  God has said it will be there, and it will be," said George Darrah of Dayton, Ohio, a member of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church near Dayton, which helps Thompson prepare and serve meals.

"We think Louella is one of the Saints of God.  We are sure of it; her faith is that strong," he said.

Donations of food and money cover the average $700 cost of meals each month, Thompson said.  She started preparing meals with primarily her own funds but began accepting donations after 250 showed up for the first give away.

She does not accept United Way or any Government funds in order to avoid control over the program.

Volunteer Vi Gin, a former Middletown city commissioner, sees Thompson's dedication.

"Louella has the voice from God within her.  Nothing really deters her from her goal." Ginn said.  "She never turns anyone away from her door."

Thompson's husband, John, died in February after being ill for several years.

Ginn said Thompson usually stays up all night before the free Saturday meals, served between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Thompson said her vision for her next project is a shelter.  She's looking at a lot across the street from her house.  "The owner put it up for sale, and I told him he can't do that.  No one will be there to buy it until I am ready to buy it," she said.

 

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