Church hands out hot food, clothes to Cleveland’s homeless each week

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CLEVELAND- A North Olmsted church has been feeding and helping the homeless here in Cleveland for the past 12 years.

Each year, the Christ the King Church in North Olmsted holds a unique fundraiser so they can continue their good works

"We've got a fundraiser every January 1st jumping in the lake. It's called the polar plunge. We just got done with that last week and we raised about $18,000 a year  and that keeps us going, keeps the truck going and keep us supplied with food and plates and everything," said Sue Loparo, with the Rescuing the Perishing food truck.

Every Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Rescuing the Perishing food truck parks at East 18th Street and Payne Avenue in Cleveland, and starts giving out hot meals and supplies to people in need.

"A lot of people need meals, a nice meal. They need warm clothes. They come give them socks, soap, you know, anything that you really need,” said Leroy Rogers of Cleveland.

The temperature was in the low teens Tuesday evening, but that doesn`t stop the food truck from its mission.

"I love these wonderful people for being so loving and wonderful, and making this very, very good delicious hot meal food," said Natalie Fields of Cleveland.

This year the Rescuing the Perishing food truck needs help because they are in need of a new kitchen so they continue feeding the homeless.

"Our kitchen is so old we have been cooking out of roasters for months now. So we are trying really hard to save up enough money to renovate the kitchen and get a nice gas stove so we can really do some cooking,” Loparo said.

Find out how to donate to the Christ the King Church and its food truck by clicking here.

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