ATLANTIC CITY — A free lunch of turkey or beef, chicken, baked ziti, green beans, desserts and beverages was enjoyed by 346 people at a community meal Saturday at the Turning Point Day Center.

“We all joined together in a collaboration to feed the homeless and the less fortunate. We know there are a lot of things that people are facing,” said Elder James Pressley of Elder J.P. Ministries. “We wanted to be a blessing and lift the burden. We know that for the homeless and the less fortunate, everyday is a struggle.”

Elder J.P. Ministries joined forces with Eat Cha Heart Out, Goines Legacy, Natural Beauties Social Club and I Am Young Hitta to make the event happen, along with sponsors that included Kelsey’s Restaurant in Atlantic City.

“Our sponsors immediately said yes. We actually received an overwhelming response for what we are doing today,” said Pressley, who added Goines Legacy and DJ Young Hitta were sponsors of the event as well as organizers.

Community Day is an annual event that started a couple of years ago, but more organizations were involved this year, Pressley said.

Before the 1 p.m. lunch started to be served, Pressley and the event organizers spoke to those assembled to eat inside of the now defunct Allen AME Church sanctuary.

Those gathered in the room applauded the efforts of Jace Brooks-Siu, 7, of Mays Landing, who raised money so that those in attendance could leave with a personal hygiene bag after finishing their meal.

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