by:  CHASE ALLGOOD -  Community meals boost this year.Thirteen people attended the second community meal served by Sonrise Church from 1 to 3 p.m. every Sunday. That’s more than double the previous week’s attendance of six.

“It was raining really hard yesterday when they were coming in,” said Amy Young, who helped organize the weekly meal program. “Becki was drenched.”

Becki and Bill, who attended last week, came back and brought friends. “I told him I was treating him to lunch today,” Bill joked about one of their companions.

“I don’t know enough yet about how the communication system works (among homeless people), but we’ll find out,” Young said.

Although Young particularly hopes homeless or low-income people will take advantage of the meal, everyone in the community is welcome.

She’s hoping for a larger crowd next Sunday, which Sonrise advertises as its Christmas meal. The menu will feature ham, roasted potatoes, peas, salad, rolls and dessert.

In addition to eating leftover turkey noodle soup (frozen after last week’s meal), Sunday’s diners took peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches along with them when they left.

Young also met this week with Forest Grove United Church of Christ Pastor Jennifer Yocum, who knows many local homeless people because of the church’s severe weather shelter and can pass word on to them about the Sonrise meal.

Sonrise, in turn, will partner with the UCC shelter, providing food occasionally, Young said.

Sonrise Church is located on 19th Street, in the mini-mall between Dollar Tree and the Rainbow Bowling Lanes, in the old Tupper’s Furniture space.

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