Ministry bridges the hunger gap with weekly meals


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Under the Bridge Ministry volunteers serve weekly meals to the homeless and those in need near Titusville’s Max Brewer Bridge.

Dan Reigada

Each Monday afternoon in the shadow of Titusville’s Max Brewer Bridge, hungry bodies and souls are fed thanks to Under the Bridge Ministry.

It was founded by Curtis and Tracy Wright.

“The ministry began when my wife had a vision to do something for the community,” Curtis Wright said. “Our mission statement is to make God look good by being love in action.”

This is fulfilled as the group helps feed homeless people who sleep under the bridge, in local woods and throughout the community.

At the ministry’s first meeting, on June 1, 2015, one person showed up under the bridge to be fed. Today, the core team of eight with 25 volunteers feeds 70 to 80 people each week.

Due to problems caused by a hurricane, the group needed to relocate to a nearby pavilion at Sand Point Park.

Food is contributed by volunteers and a hot meal is served weekly.

“Veterans get dibs,” Wright said. “They are always first in line.”

A recent menu featured baked ham, green beans, corn, sweet potato casserole, rolls and assorted desserts.

In addition to food, there is a short message by Wright, a clothing table for street homeless, a resource table and free haircuts.

“It’s also about the fellowship, feeling loved and important,” said team member Susan Overton Slayman. “We try to provide that as well as physical food.”

Lives are turning around. Wright spoke of a Marine veteran who fell into rough times.

“He is digging himself out and is now set up in a motel. People are taking him to church,” Wright said.

Wright often is asked how the community can help. The ministry appreciates donations such as paper products, but an invitation is extended.

“Show up one Monday and see what we’re all about,” Wright said.

The setup begins at 5:30 p.m. and supper is served at 6 p.m.

Sand Point Park is at 101 N. Washington Ave. For information, call 321-863-4692.