It was 39 degrees and drizzling just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, but that didn’t stop 10 Church on Fire members from distributing free food to those who needed it during the coronavirus threat.

During the first half hour, 25 stopped by the truck, according to Batesville campus pastor Terry Allen. Several volunteers also were delivering meals to older members.

“I’m happy to report we served 113 meals tonight,” Allen reported by email later that evening.

He explained before the event, “We are limiting our team to 10 people to respect the government restrictions of gatherings of 10 or less. Not all of our volunteers live in Batesville, but are from the surrounding areas.” Church on Fire has locations in Batesville and Harrison, Ohio.

Inside the truck, Ben Maxfield, Cincinnati, said, “It’s good to get out of our house and help and serve people who need it.” Lilly Powers, the Batesville campus worship leader, noted, “I just love to be able to see what God’s doing (during this crisis) ... and love on people and bring joy in kind of a down time.” Youth pastor Jordan May, Batesville, added, “My heart is for students who can’t go to school and eat there. I want to make sure they can get fed.”

Rhea Allen, Batesville, the pastor’s wife, said the couple moved here from Michigan last September after knowing the founding pastor for years. Church on Fire “has been community-oriented from the get-go ... It’s a privilege to be a part of a team that ... gives to people. We don’t want to miss a second of it!”

Allen observed, “We at Church on Fire want you to know that we love this community. During this unprecedented time, by coming alongside those who are already helping in the community, we are bringing our food truck to Batesville two times a week for the next three weeks to help those in need. We recognize the challenges many are facing due to the closure of schools, restaurants and businesses and desire to help as best we can.”

The program will continue to take place on three Fridays, March 27, April 3 and April 10, from 5-7 p.m. and two more Sundays, March 29 and April 5, from 4-6 p.m. in the parking lot across from Weigel Funeral Home, 151 W. George St.

Each person will get a free meal and bag of nonperishable food items.

The pastor said, “We hope to see you there!”

Debbie Blank can be contacted at or 812-717-3113.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at or 812-717-3113.

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