The Claremore Church of the Nazarene located at 1336 N. Dorothy Avenue hosts a free breakfast every Sunday morning for any and all members of the community.
Pastor Bret Metcalfe said he doesn’t know how long the church has been hosting the breakfast, but he does know why.
“The church was looking for a way to reach into the community and one way they thought of was ‘Let’s feed ‘em’.”
The breakfast runs from 8:30 to 9:15 every Sunday morning and typically consists of eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, yogurt and a secondary dish that rotates from pancakes, cinnamon rolls or breakfast casserole.
“Sunday mornings sometimes get harried. People trying to get to church or trying to get wherever, they may not have time for a good hot meal,” Metcalfe said. “We provide a breakfast free for anybody that comes by. There is no obligation. You don’t have to stay for church. You don’t have to give any offering. You just come and eat.”
The breakfast is paid for by a donation from an unnamed outside source.
“They make sure we have enough money and if the fund gets low we just let them know,” Metcalfe said. “It was in their heart to do this and they said they would support it as long as we’d do it.”
On average 30 to 40 people show up to eat each week, though they’ve reached as many as 60 before. All of the food is prepared fresh the morning of, so running low is never really an issue. In the past leftovers have been donated to the police and fire stations.
About a quarter of the guests enjoy breakfast and leave before the service starts, but that’s no skin of the church’s back.
“Some just come in because they’re hungry and they want a hot breakfast,” Metcalfe said. “With the needs in our community, just offering a free meal is the greatest act of compassion we can do.”