A new Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center program hopes to fill hungry tummies while raising funds to save the lives of the unborn.
While PRC’s two primary fundraisers are a spring banquet and the fall Walk For Life in Columbia Park, a member of the organization’s board has come up with another creative way to support the ever-growing ministry that reaches out to young mothers and their families.
It’s called “Lunch 4 Life.”
“There’s a retired couple who has volunteered to smoke pork butts and make pulled pork sandwiches for us,” said Dorothy Bach, board member. “We’re going to sell them, along with chips, a homemade cookie and a choice of soda or water for $5. We’re going to be doing this from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month — starting on March 9 and continuing through Oct. 12.
“The great thing is that PRC shouldn’t be out any expense for this because it looks like we’re going to have all the meat and other items donated each month by different people who want to see this fundraiser be a success.”
In addition to the March and October dates, “Lunch 4 Life” will also be offered April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 4.
“We’re asking people to call 573-431-6001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 3:30 p.m. on the day prior to order,” Bach said. “Then they can come by PRC, located at 815 E. Main St. in Park Hills, the next day to pick up their lunch. We’re even offering free delivery with the Park Hills and Desloge city limits for five or more lunches going to the same address.”
Bach added that those who only want to order sandwiches can do so for $3 each.
“We want to thank everyone for helping us strengthen families in our community,” she said. “We’re hoping our community will help out PRC while enjoying a delicious lunch.”
Free services provided by the PRC include pregnancy testing, first trimester ultrasound, maternity, baby and household items, parenting classes, HOPE classes (Healing Our Past Experiences), CARE adolescent sexual health program, referrals for community services and 24/7 dad classes.
Last year the center provided 325 patient services, received 2,061 visits and gave away 13,500 items. The PRC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with more than 60 volunteers who have invested more than 4,000 hours in the ministry.
Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or email@example.com