Woodland Hills Neighborhood Church Continues to Provide Thanksgiving Meals Across Northeast Ohio


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Rubin Swift, along with the Cathedral Church of God in Christ, has provided thousands of ready meals for Thanksgiving to those in need across town.

“We help people really eat Thanksgiving meals and let them know we love them,” Swift said.

Those interested in a meal can also visit the Mount Zion Congregational Church this Thursday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and collect food in their vehicle.

This is the 20th year that Swift has prepared meals for the community.

The two-week operation, which begins with cooking dozens of turkeys, ends today, and Swift is wasting no time.

“Were doing [meals] 500 right now and we have delivered 80 so far, ”he said shortly after 1pm on Wednesday.

The church member admitted he had only slept for 3 hours in the midst of his baking frenzy, but he and Supply Minister Emmitt Nevels agree it is worth it.

“There are so many people who don’t have the opportunity to eat such a great meal like we have prepared,” Nevels said.

The meal program is also focused on delivering meals directly to those in need, extending all the way to Collinwood in Cleveland and even to Lorain County.

Swift is also certain that ready meals are better than meal kits, which assumes that those who need them are able to prepare them at home.

“Most churches give out canned food,” Swift explained, “if you are really homeless, or if you are depressed, or [you] don’t turn on your gas, these boxed meals, they can’t be used.

For the church, it’s also a big food drive: the first without Bishop Mark Perry, the man Swift considered a father figure.

“It’s tough, but we’re getting there, I know what he would like us to do is never give up,” he said.

For Swift, today will also serve as a reminder to be grateful for time: “Time is precious, you cannot get back the time you have given. “

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