Red Cross & volunteers cook hot meals

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Red Cross and the Baptist Missions Board provided 1,300 hot meals to people in downtown Richmond and the Central Virginia Food Bank Sunday.

It's all part of a training program that teaches volunteers how to feed thousands of people out of a mobile kitchen.

On the menu today was: beef stew, green beans, and sliced peaches.

1,300 meals in one day may sound daunting, but volunteers say their hard work always pays off:

"They do it because they're providing a service and they aren't asking questions," said volunteer Lloyd Jackson. "Doesn't make any difference who you are, you can come and receive a hot meal."

The Baptists Missions Board and the Red Cross are prepared to serve more than 15,000 meals in a disaster - and they have - in every major, recent hurricane including Katrina and Isabel.

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