Oasis Hispanic Ministry United Methodist Church in Pleasantville is serving a free sit-down community breakfast every Saturday morning from now through the end of July.

The Rev. Hector Burgos, of Oasis Hispanic Ministry United Methodist Church, said hunger is a huge issue in the local Pleasantville community, particularly within the Hispanic population.

He often hears that for many of Pleasantville's children, their only nutritional meal each day is a free school lunch.

"But what about when they're not in school, on the weekends and in the summer?" Burgos said.

To help ease the problem and to bring the community together to enjoy one another's company, the church is serving free breakfast on Saturdays, running through July. If there's a positive enough response, it will be extended, Burgos said.

The meal includes traditional breakfast foods, such as bacon, eggs and juice, and it's a sit-down meal served by wait staff, with three seating times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

The reason for the formal set-up is to make it as personal and enjoyable as possible, Burgos said.

"It won't just be like 'you eat and you leave.' We're trying to build community," he said. "We want people to have time to talk to one another, to connect and to just relax.

"We're hoping people come with their families."

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If you go

What: Free Community Breakfast

When: Every Saturday throughout the summer with three seating times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Where: Iglesia Oasis Hispanic Church, 316 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Pleasantville

All are welcome.

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