FORT MILL — The Community Cafe in Fort Mill received a surprise in the form of poultry.
When a Tyson Foods truck driver delivered an order Nov. 26 to US Foods, the driver discovered there were 12 cases of chicken the Fort Mill-based distributor did not order.
After calling Tyson Foods, the driver was given permission to donate the chicken to a community nonprofit. He found his way to Grace Presbyterian Church, where church administrator Peggy Blaine, suggested giving the chicken to The Community Cafe. It was enought chicken to cover two meals, said Don Murfin, cafe founder and chef.
“I treat it as a gift from God,” he said.
The Community Café, which has been serving free lunches for four years, Murfin said. The cafe is not only for those in need of a hot meal, but for anyone who wants fellowship. Cash donations of any amount are appreciated from those who can afford it.
When the cafe first opened Jan. 10, 2010, it served 45 guests at River Hills Community Church in Lake Wylie. The cafe now serves about 570 meals a week between two locations - Lake Wylie Lutheran Church in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie Christian Assembly in Lake Wylie. All together the cafe has served more than 75,000 meals, Murfin said.
“We try to show everybody the love of Jesus when they walk in the door,” he said. “That just keeps them coming back.”
The cafe served chicken cacciatore at Lake Wylie Lutheran recently. It was cooked in a pan Grace Presbyterian donated to the cafe. The cafe also served a chicken meal at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly last week.
The cafe relies on donations from organizations and runs on 800 volunteer hours a month, Murfin said.
“We have loving folks that really like what we are doing,” he said. “They like what we cook.”
Many local organizations, including the Fort Mill Care Center and Restaurant Depot in Charlotte, also donate to the cafe, Murfin said.
“We are always appreciative of things like that,” he said. “We pray we are able to do this for a long time.”
The Community Cafe at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church, 2906 S.C. 160 W. at the corner of Gold Hill Road, serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays.
The cafe at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Hwy. (S.C. 274/49), serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays.
Takeout meals are available at each cafe during operation hours.
For more information or to donate, visit communitycafecares.com.