After six years of serving hot meals to the hungry, the local nonprofit Hope's Corner is marking a new milestone. This last Saturday, the volunteer group served its 50,000th meal to someone in need.
The achievement would be a reason to celebrate, except that it is one more example of the community's increasingly urgent needs. When it launched in 2011, the Saturday meal program was serving about 28 people on average. These days, upward of 200 people regularly line up for a hot breakfast and sack lunch at the Trinity United Methodist Church at the corner of Hope and Mercy streets.
In recent days, the church and its circle of volunteers have gone even farther in trying to help the local needy. City officials last month approved plans for the church to serve as a cold-weather shelter for up to 50 people.