COLUMBIA — Calvary Episcopal Church, the Salvation Army and St. Francis House are each covering a meal on Christmas Day, all free and open to the public.
First up is breakfast at the church at 123 S. Ninth St. Calvary hosts breakfast every Saturday morning for three months of the year in conjunction with three other area churches, but breakfast on Christmas Day will be nicer and more festive, Beth Simpson, a church member, said.
The breakfast will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Food served Saturday morning will include egg casseroles, pancakes, sausages, cinnamon rolls and fruit. Volunteers from the church will cook and serve the food there. The church expects at least 30 people to join them in addition to its parishioners.
Columbia’s Salvation Army Harbor House hosts a lunch open to the public every day, and Christmas is no exception. Food will be served from noon to 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 602 N. Ann St.
A public Christmas dinner will take place at the St. Francis House at 901 Range Line St. The Catholic Worker Community funds the house, and supervisor Steve Jacobs said they serve dinner at 5 p.m. every day.
“We always have lots of food,” Jacobs said.
St. Francis House is expecting around 50 to 60 people for supper.
These organizations are financially supported by donations from the community, and anyone can drop off food or gifts. Donated items especially appreciated include laundry detergent, towels, personal hygiene items and basic necessities, hats, coats, scarves, mittens and toys for children.