Summer Café program ends with help for Havelock

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Deontress McNeal, of Havelock, feeds his son Joshua at the Summer Café program Friday at Cherry Point United Methodist Church in Havelock. The program wrapped up with a celebration on Friday.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 04:40 PM.

Deontress McNeal reaches across the table to feed salad to 5-year-old Joshua Swinton.

The child already has watermelon, pizza, bread sticks and blueberry-topped cupcakes on his plate, but he’s willing to try the green stuff.

McNeal was sitting next to his significant other, Cortney Swinton, who is Joshua’s mom, and next to Joshua is Marqayvius McNeal, 7, who is son to Deontress.

The young Havelock family was enjoying lunch as part of the Summer Café program sponsored by Cherry Point United Methodist Church in Havelock. The church has been offering free lunches all summer to those in need.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Cortney Swinton. “There are so many people that are in need and this is a chance to give back to the community. We donate to other countries but we have homeless people right here.”

“It also opens people back up to the church,” Deontress McNeal said.

On Friday, the last day of the Summer Café at the church, there were about 200 meals served.

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