The church is partnering with local business to receive food and supplies to host a luncheon every Wednesday.

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Lexington, SC (WLTX) - The Emmanuel Baptist Church is launching a new outreach program called "Emmanuel's Table."

The church is partnering with local business to receive food and supplies to host a luncheon every Wednesday.

"We have a variety of Ages in our church even though we are small," said church member Annis Rankin.

She's volunteering to help step-up tables, food, and flowers for the free communal luncheon. Every Wednesday after Bible study, the congregation ate together and got the idea to open up their kitchen doors to everyone in the area.

Rankin says their efforts won't stop at providing a good meal; the church members want to assist those that are in need additional help as well.

"Not only access to the internet, but maybe some information about job skills and how to get yourself ready for an interview", said Rankin.

They are sponsored by eight different businesses with food and supplies.

"We contacted grocery stores, we contacted restaurants, and there was not a single no."

Chick-fil-A on the corner of Sunset Boulevard is one out of the eight partners making a donation. Marketing director Jason Johnson mentioned that partnering with the organization allows them to build relationships with people in the community.

"The fact that they can have us be a partner alongside of them and partner to make our community better it impacts us as well as them", said Johnson.

"We will have church members here who have offered to come and talk with the people who come in and we learn who they are, tell them who we are and invite them to come to our church services or to come back when there is a meal being severed", said Rankin.

According to Rankin, anyone is welcome to come have a meal. Emmanuel's Table is every Wednesday at 12 PM at 7666 Sunset Boulevard in Lexington County. The luncheon will continue on through August.

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