ElderPoint Ministries and St. David’s Episcopal Church invites Mulberry residents in need to join them for a hot and hearty Thanksgiving lunch Nov. 20. With a new food pantry in the works, the meal marks the expansion into Mulberry.

The Thanksgiving luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1525 N. Church Avenue in Mulberry, the facility of White Water Management, Inc. Volunteers from ElderPoint and St. David’s Episcopal will serve freshly prepared turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and vegetables at no cost to attendees.

“Our mission is to meet seniors at the point of their need, but this luncheon is open to people of all ages,” says Jane Hammond, the executive director of ElderPoint Ministries. “It’s our way of letting the Mulberry community know that we care and are committed to helping their elderly neighbors.”

In addition to lunch, volunteers will distribute food items to seniors in need. It may be the season of giving, but ElderPoint provides such food distribution services year round. They are thrilled to expand their ministry by reaching disadvantaged seniors in the Mulberry area, Hammond said.

The St. David’s Episcopal/ElderPoint food pantry in Mulberry is set to open Dec. 4. It will be housed at the White Water Management facility, the same location as the Thanksgiving luncheon. Details of the opening are forthcoming.

The luncheon and new food pantry are evidence of progress in ElderPoint’s effort to make their food, housing and transportation services available to a greater number of seniors. The organization is eager to grow their range of services and bridge the gap between the Mulberry and Lakeland communities. However, this goal can’t be fulfilled without a devoted team of volunteers and regular food donations.

For those with questions regarding the Thanksgiving luncheon, new food pantry or how to volunteer or donate resources, please call the ElderPoint Ministries office: (863) 682-7249. There are multiple opportunities to help the area’s disadvantaged seniors every week.