Pay it Forward: Lunches of Love

Members with the First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City have made nearly 5,000 sack lunches for homeless youth (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Members of the First Baptist Church in Salt Lake City have made it their mission to help homeless youth.

After church every Sunday, members gather together what they call "Lunches of Love."

"We make about 50 bag lunches a week," said Reverend Curtis Price.

Sandwiches, chips, fruit and more go into the Lunches of Love.

"We have a whole system that works like a charm," said Raffa, one of the volunteers. "It really is phenomenal."

The sack lunches are then delivered to the Volunteer of America's Youth Resource Center for Homeless Teens.

Kids who stop by the center, but aren't able to stay overnight, are often given those bags of food.

"Really just wanted to support that effort to keep kids off the street and safe," said Reverend Price.

The compassionate congregation is often involved in charitable efforts for the community.

"We have no agenda other than to just do good for the sake of doing good," Price said.

Some of the church members, like Raffa, know what it's like to not have something to eat.

"At a point in my life, I needed to get a sack lunch," he said.

He has been helping with Lunches of Love for over a year now to give homeless youth some hope.

"Just if everybody did a little, we would be such a better place," he said.

All the food and supplies for the Lunches of Love are provided by church members. They even donate the bread as part of their communion services once a month.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City make more lunches.

If you would like to help, you can contact First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City.