SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Residents of Sulphur may not be as hungry as they were a year ago thanks to a local unconventional church that decided to help out.
"We realized there was a need," said Vince Guidry, Pastor of the Open Door Biker Church. "There's a lot of homeless people in the area, a lot of people for one reason or another, that didn't have food. We just decided that we needed to feed them."
And so they did, starting about a year ago and it's still going strong today.
"I think it's a need," said Guidry. "I think it's a big need that a lot of people don't realize until they actually come and see."
The Open Door Biker Church on West Burton Street in Sulphur serves the hungry every week day, no matter who you are or where you come from. Everyone is welcome.
"There's no strings attached," said Guidry. "We don't ask anybody to come to church here. We don't discriminate against any kind of person. Any kind of church can come and help. That's what it's all about: working together for a good cause."
Guidry says food donations come from all over the community, including other churches and local canned food drives. Some of those helping include Life Church in Sulphur, St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Shepherd's Rest, the Diocese of Lake Charles, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Sulphur. Popeye's provides the paper goods, and Guidry says youth from around the area are getting involved as well.
"It makes you feel good, it really does," said Guidry. "For so long of time, you take, take, take. But now you're able to give back. You know it's a blessing. You know that god has blessed us, so we can bless others."
The daily lunches serve as a way for Guidry and others to reach people that are really in need. But he says other people enjoy it as well.
"It's not just hungry, needy people here," said Guidry. "It's people who sometimes just want to come hangout, fellowship, have a good time."
For Guidry, as the leader of the unconventional church, this is an opportunity to practice with he preaches.
"I believe that there are things that we can do to help," said Guidry. "I also believe that it would be hard for me to stand behind a pulpit and preach about the love of God, if I can't show it in every aspect that I'm able to."
The lunches are served at the church, 423 W Burton, every Monday through Friday from 11:00 to 12:30. For questions about the lunches or how you can help, contact the church at (337) 527-7007.